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Human approach distances to a mechanical-looking robot with different robot voice styles

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcs of the 17th IEEE Int Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-2213-5
StatePublished - 2008
Event17th Int Symposium on Robot & Human Interactive Communication - Munich, Germany
Duration: 1 Aug 20083 Aug 2008


Conference17th Int Symposium on Robot & Human Interactive Communication


Findings are presented from a Human Robot
Interaction (HRI) Demonstration Trial where attendees
approached a stationary mechanical looking robot to a
comfortable distance. Instructions were given to participants by
the robot using either a high quality male, a high quality female,
a neutral synthesized voice, or by the experimenter (no robot
voice). Approaches to the robot with synthesized voice were
found to induce significantly further approach distances. Those
who had experienced a previous encounter with the robot
tended to approach closer to the robot. Possible reasons for this
are discussed.

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