Thursday, February 02, 2012
PARO too large and heavy for elderly Swedes
A Swedish field study examined how elderly and cognitively disabled people used and experienced a social companion robot. The aim was to through observations see how qualities of interaction could activate different forms of behavior. The results show that motion, sound and the eyes together created communicative and emotional changes for users who felt joy and were willing to share the activity with others. The robot stimulated to some extent users to create their own imaginative experiences but often failed to involve user or group for a long time and was also considered too large and heavy to handle.