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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalPALADYN: Journal of Behavioural Robotics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019


This paper presents a proof of concept prototyping study for domestic home robot companions, using a narrative-based methodology based on principles of immersive engagement and fictional enquiry, creating scenarios inter-connected through a coherent narrative arc, to encourage participant immersion within a realistic setting. The aim was to ground human interactions with this technology in a coherent, meaningful experience.
Nine participants interacted with a robotic agent in a smart home environment twice a week over a month, with each interaction framed within a greater narrative arc. Participant responses both to the scenarios, and the robotic agents used within them, are discussed and suggest that the prototyping methodology was successful in conveying a meaningful interaction experience.

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