An Investigation of User Perception and Behavior for a Robotic Exercise Coach on Different Age Groups


As robot technology moves forwards, service type robot for home use has gradually entered people’s daily life. However, what is the acceptance and expectation from people for such innovative products and services? Will it be different among different family members of different ages? For this issue, through experimental design, to explore the difference in perception and behavior for users of different ages in interacting with the robot. In the experiment, The Wizard of Oz method was used to control Alpha 1S robot in remote way, let the robot act as health coach to instruct 100 persons under test of different ages for health exercise, and the researchers record the experiment and evaluate the behavior performance of the persons under test. After finishing the mission, Likert five-point scale was used to collect the feeling of the person under test in interaction with the robot health coach, meanwhile, the feeling can be divided into psychological state and perception robot feature, wherein the measurement dependent variables include anxiety, perceived ease of use, attitude, perceived adaptivity, perceived enjoyment, perceived sociability, perceived usefulness, social influence, social presence, trust, that is, a total of 10 items; meanwhile, interview was also conducted to collect other qualitative data. Finally, through statistical analysis of experimental data, video taken in the experimental and interviewing process and qualitative analysis on the script, the influence of user’s age on the robot interaction was inspected, meanwhile, suggestion for the robot interaction design for users of different ages for the future was also proposed.

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Chun-Ying Wang, National Taichung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Hsiao-Chen You, National Taichung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

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Conference: MediAsia2016
Stream: Social Media & Communication Technology

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