Would you keep away from a robot?

Would you keep away from a robot?

As we all know (and heard many jokes about), different people have their own understanding of the distance to maintain during communication. Factors such as personality, culture, and, well, eyesight :-) play a role. So during one of our discussions we asked ourselves a question: how far would a person stand from a telepresence robot during the communication with a person controlling it? After all, it is a person you are talking to. Or a robot? To understand it better, our research group conducted an experiment during one of our workshops.

We created simulated situations where participants had discussions with Double 3 telepresence robot, and unobtrusively measured the distance they kept. Our findings were compared to previous studies on human-to-human communication and revealed that the distance kept was similar to the borderline between personal and social distancing of people in Northern Europe. Additionally, we found a correlation between participants’ habits of playing computer games and the distance they kept.

To showcase the results of our endeavor, we authored an article detailing the outcomes in greater depth.

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About Creativity Matters

“Creativity Matters” is a reseach group in Tallinn University of Technology IT College. The areas of interest inculde hybrid learning, telepresence robots and teaching didactics