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The Influence of Social Presence on Acceptance of a Companion Robot by Older People

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Author(s): Marcel Heerink | Krose Ben | Vanessa Evers | Bob Wielinga

Journal: Journal of Physical Agents
ISSN 1888-0258

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 33;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Human robot interaction | technology acceptance | assistive technology

ABSTRACT
If robotic companions are to be used in the near future by aging adults, they have to be accepted by them. In the process of developing a methodology to measure, predict and explain acceptance of robotic companions, we researched the influence of social abilities, social presence and perceived enjoyment. After an experiment (n=30) that included collecting usage data and a second experiment (n=40) with a robot in a more and less sociable condition we were able to confirm the relevance of these concepts. Results suggest that social abilities contribute to the sense of social presence when interacting with a robotic companion and this leads, through higher enjoyment to a higher acceptance score.
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