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Home and automation are not natural partners--one <i>homey</i> and the other cold. Most current automation in the home is packaged in the form of appliances. To better understand the current reality and possible future of living with other types of domestic technology, we went out into the field to conduct need finding interviews among people who have(More)
Technologists have long wanted to put robots in the home, making robots truly personal and present in every aspect of our lives. It has not been clear, however, exactly what these robots should do in the home. The difficulty of tasking robots with home chores comes not only from the significant technical challenges, but also from the strong emotions and(More)
" When a lion emerges from the bushes in the red dawn and lets out a booming roar, then even in fifty years humans will stand in awe. " (Professor Bernhard Grzimek: Serengeti Shall not Die, 1959) " The lion population continues to be fairly strong and well distributed but, because of the necessity to shoot cattle-killers and man-eaters, lion must be(More)
In our field deployments of mobile remote presence (MRP) systems in offices, we observed that remote operators of MRPs often unintentionally spoke too loudly. This disrupted their local co-workers, who happened to be within earshot of the MRP system. To address this issue, we prototyped and empirically evaluated the effect of sidetone to help operators self(More)
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