Respond by: 9th July 2021
Several studies have shown that telepresence robots can be an effective tool to reduce social isolation in older adults, to provide them remote companionship and support and to help monitoring their physical and mental wellbeing. This study intends to equip a commercially available social robot with a telepresence system to use it as a telepresence robot.
This study focusses on assessing usability and user experience of the robot-mediated interaction using a cloud-based social telepresence robotic system. Analysis will be conducted on the developed telepresence application for the social telepresence robot from the perspective of the remote users (caregivers/professionals/relatives, i.e. the driver of the telepresence robot), and how well they can interact with the remote user by using the robot system.
Participants to this study will be asked to use a web application we have developed, to connect to one of our robots at the Robotic Assisted Living Testbed (RALT) at Heriot-Watt University. Participants will use the user interface to connect and chat a remotely located user through the telepresence robot, control the robot and move around with it, and use some telehealth features which will be available on the interface. After the completion of the study, participants will be asked to provide feedback on the gained experience through a short questionnaire. If you chose to take part in the study, this will involve that you will be assigned as a participant of a social robotic experiment involving the telepresence system. It will take approximately 30-40 minutes to conduct the experiment and to gather your feedback. Details regarding the experiment and a consent form will be sent to the participants in the form of an information sheet.
You can participate in this study if you are an adult and you fall in at least one of the following categories:
You cannot take part in this study if you fall in one of the following categories:
The study will take place online. You can participate in this study from your preferred location. You will need a laptop/pc and a stable internet connection. Prior to the study, you will be sent a link to enter our platform and learn the key instructions for using and testing our robotic system.
Participation to this study is voluntary, your experience will be highly valuable in our research on Human Robot Interaction (HRI) and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL). Unfortunately we cannot provide any renumeration for your participation.