Building robots that children can have long term relationships with - Part 1
One of the most common criticisms of home robots such as the Anki Vector and Petoi Bittle has been that their novelty wears away with time. As an example, in one of our previous articles, we discussed a field study in which out of 8 Anki Vector robots that were deployed in homes in Austria, less than 2 were in use after 6 months. Novelty wearing away with time has been one of the main factors holding back adoption of home robots. Many a parent has bought a robot as a Christmas gift for their child, only to find the child to get quickly bored out of it. In this context, it is very interesting to find two studies from researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Illinois Chicago, which look into specifics of how robots can be designed so that children form long term associations with them. Both these studies will be presented at the ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference to be held in the last week of June in Braga, Portugal.