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Between real-world and virtual agents: The disembodied robot

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4 Author(s)
Thibault Voisin ; Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Japan ; Hirotaka Osawa ; Seiji Yamada ; Michita Imai

In this study, we propose a disembodied real-world agent and the study of the influence of this disembodiment on the social separation between the user and the agent. In order to give a clue to the user about the presence of the robot and to make possible a visual feedback, we decide to use independent robotic body parts that mimic human hands and eyes. This robot is also able to share real-world space with the user, and react to his presence, through 3d detection and oral communication. Thus, we can obtain an agent with an important presence while keeping good space efficiency, and as a result ban any existing social barrier.

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2011 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)

Date of Conference:

8-11 March 2011