Category Archives: Our ethnographic research

The strange thing about the “undo button”

Today, I am with Valérie at the innorobo summit in Lyon, France where we presented some insights from our ethnographic study with robots in homes. We had some inspiring conversations with a couple of people after the talk and at … Continue reading

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Ce soir à la télé: “A bon entendeur” teste les robots-aspirateurs

Ce soir à la télévision suisse romande, “A bon entendeur” donne un aperçu sur notre projet “robots for daily life”. Un interview avec ma collègue Valérie Bauwens et autres collaborateurs à l’EPFL qui ont évalué la performance des robots-aspirateurs. La … Continue reading

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Experiencing a robot improves robots acceptance and perception

We met our participant again after 2 months using Roomba. How has their perception of robots evolved over these 2 months? In short, Roomba’s usage has positively influence their opinion about robots. When we first met our participants, we asked … Continue reading

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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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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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