Cross-Cultural Design and Evaluation of Robot Prototypes Based on Kawaii (Cute) Attributes

Dave Berque, Hiroko Chiba, Tipporn Laohakangvalvit, Michiko Ohkura, Peeraya Sripian, Midori Sugaya, Kevin Bautista, Jordyn Blakey, Feng Chen, Wenkang Huang, Shun Imura, Kento Murayama, Eric Spehlmann, Cade Wright

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We report on a cross-cultural collaborative project between students and faculty at DePauw University in the United States and Shibaura Institute of Technology in Japan that used cross-cultural teams to design and evaluate robotic gadgets to gain a deeper understanding of the role that kawaii (Japanese cuteness) plays in fostering positive human response to, and acceptance of, these devices across cultures. Two cross-cultural design teams used Unity and C# to design and implement prototypes of virtual robotic gadgets as well as virtual environments for the robots to interact in. One team designed a virtual train station as well as robotic gadgets to operate in the station. The other team designed a virtual university campus as well as robotic gadgets that operated in that environment. Two versions of each robotic gadget were designed, such that the two versions differed with respect to one kawaii attribute (shape, size, etc.) Using these robots, we conducted a formal study that compared perceptions of kawaii robots between American college students and Japanese college students, as well as across genders. The findings revealed that there was not much difference in perception of kawaii across cultures and genders. Furthermore, the study shows that designing a robot to be more kawaii/cute appears to positively influence human preference for being around the robot. This study will inform our long-term goal of designing robots that are appealing across gender and culture.

本文言語English
ホスト出版物のタイトルCross-Cultural Design. Applications in Cultural Heritage, Tourism, Autonomous Vehicles, and Intelligent Agents - 13th International Conference, CCD 2021, Held as Part of the 23rd HCI International Conference, HCII 2021, Proceedings
編集者Pei-Luen Patrick Rau
出版社Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
ページ319-334
ページ数16
ISBN(印刷版)9783030770792
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2021
イベント13th International Conference on Cross-Cultural Design, CCD 2021, Held as Part of the 23rd HCI International Conference, HCII 2021 - Virtual, Online
継続期間: 2021 7月 242021 7月 29

出版物シリーズ

名前Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
12773 LNCS
ISSN(印刷版)0302-9743
ISSN(電子版)1611-3349

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Cross-Cultural Design, CCD 2021, Held as Part of the 23rd HCI International Conference, HCII 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period21/7/2421/7/29

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 理論的コンピュータサイエンス
  • コンピュータ サイエンス(全般)

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