Monthly Archives: April 2011

A strategy to make cleaning bearable

All participants I have met so far have developed strategies to make cleaning bearable. It is the mother who never cleans longer than 30 minutes. 30 minutes are ok and can be “inserted” now and then in her calendar, in-between … Continue reading

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Weighting costs and benefits

Another thought, coming back from the field today. Roomba can of course free someone from some vacuuming’s task. Nevertheless, it might lead to supplementary efforts around vacuuming as well: e.g. tidying up the room beforehand (putting away the kids toys, … Continue reading

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It is about your relationship to the in-between vacuuming

First finding and hypothesis to be checked popping out why a Roomba gets adopted or not: “it is about your relationships with the inbetween vacuuming”. Roomba is about inbetween vacuuming. This is what it does great. It is not a … Continue reading

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Inno-Robo – RoboLift, Lyon 2011: some quotes

Un employé de GOSTAI, Robotics for everyone, parlant de son robot de surveillance « On lui a mis de la face recognition. Quand tu le regardes, il lève la tête et te regarde avec des yeux mignons. Les gens craquent » En … Continue reading

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Cleaning and vacuuming pain points

Cleaning or vacuuming is not a fascinating task in itself, but what is even more annoying are all the tasks you have to do beforehand that are tiring (e.g. tidying up the room, changing clothes, pulling out the vacuum out … Continue reading

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4 categories to envision our relationships with robots

According to Kaplan (2005), people envision robots from 3 points of view: usefulness (is the robot doing something useful), affective (could the robot user any affective relationship with its robot), intellectual (would the robot lead to an even more blurred … Continue reading

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Difficult to imagine bonding with a machine

The following remark from Kaplan matches very well with our first field learnings about people’s perceptions of robots. “The idea of a robot for leisure, the idea of a machine that would not be useful, … which only function would … Continue reading

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