For my DAT201 project my aim is to explore the relationship between robots and humans in order to discover what works and what doesn’t with robot-human interaction and what can be done in the future to improve or change the relationship between humans and robots for the better.
My project will explore the relationship between robotic devices and humans in real life situations and compare these to human-to-human interaction of the same nature. I will create a prototype robot that I will release into a public space (i.e. city center or university campus), the aim of which will be to see what reactions the robot causes when it tries to interact with people, these interactions will vary from asking for directions to complimenting or insulting people. This is in order to judge the subjects response to the robot compared to if asked a similar question by a human. I have also decided to expand this exploration by having changeable aesthetics on the robot, for example one cute and innocent looking casing and one more angry and hardened looking exterior, this is to counteract the research I did that concluded that a ‘cute’ looking robot would be much more approachable than a more industrial or hardened looking one, I need to be able to effectively compare the robot-human interaction with human to human interactions and therefore by varying the aesthetics it will enable me to acquire a more informed answer.
The technology I will use to create this robot could include an Arduino or Rasp PI because of their size, portability and ease of coding; both these devices have proven track records being used for successful robotics applications. I will also incorporate a speaker, microphone and camera into the robot so that it could interact with people and record/stream feeds from the robot to aid in the evaluation of the results. The robot will likely be remotely controlled due to unpredictability of people in public places.
The whole project will be covertly recorded on camera, I will need to also record certain human to human interactions in order to effectively compare the results with the footage recorded of the robot human interactions.