Design and fabrication of a floating social robot: CeB the social blimp

Etesami, E ; Sharif University of Technology | 2021

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-90525-5_58
  3. Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH , 2021
  4. Abstract:
  5. Robotic blimps have a wide range of applications, such as monitoring activities in their surroundings, advertising, and performing on stages. They also have remarkable capacities to be used as a social robot. In this research, a manually operated social robotic blimp has been developed intending to interact with children as a social agent and attract adults’ attention as an entertainer in indoor public environments. Since the appearance of a social robot has a significant impact on its acceptance, first, we acquired opinions of several participants on the shape of a desired floating robot. The results revealed that a simple spherical structure adequately draws people’s attention. After design and fabrication of the robot, a survey on its social behaviors was distributed among 82 people. The results indicated that the participants prefer a medium-sized robot, and they also feel almost safe when the robot works around them. Furthermore, the results showed that people genuinely appreciate the opportunity to have a mutual conversation with the designed social blimp. Moreover, the participants believed that the designed blimp could be an entertaining social flying robot with which it is easy to interact. The outcome of this survey will be beneficial in designing and developing a social blimp with a focus on interacting with children and entertaining people. © 2021, Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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  7. Behavioral research ; Human robot interaction ; Machine design ; Robotics ; Surveys ; Advertizing ; Child-robot interaction ; Child-robot interactions ; Floating robot ; Human-robot interaction ; Humans-robot interactions ; Monitoring activities ; Robotic blimp ; Social robotics ; Social robots ; Fabrication
  8. Source: 13th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2021, 10 November 2021 through 13 November 2021 ; Volume 13086 LNAI , 2021 , Pages 660-670 ; 03029743 (ISSN) ; 9783030905248 (ISBN)
  9. URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-90525-5_58