Seniors to robots: don’t get too familiar
October 29, 2012
Seniors (ages 65 to 93 years) preferred robotic more than human help for chores such as cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry and taking out the trash, but not for help getting dressed, eating and bathing, or for social activities, a Georgia Institute of Technology study found.
“It seems that older people are less likely to trust a robot with decision-making tasks than with monitoring or physical assistance,” said Rogers. “Researchers should be careful not to generalize preferences when designing assistive robots.”
This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
- Cory-Ann Smarr et al., Older Adults' Preferences for and Acceptance of Robot Assistance for Everyday Living Tasks, presented at the Human Factors Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Boston, October 24, 2012
- Cory-Ann Smarr et al., "Commanding Your Robot" Older Adults' Preferences for Methods of Robot Control, presented at the Human Factors Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Boston, October 25, 2012