Human approach distances to a mechanical-looking robot with different robot voice styles

  title={Human approach distances to a mechanical-looking robot with different robot voice styles},
  author={Michael L. Walters and Dag Sverre Syrdal and Kheng Lee Koay and Kerstin Dautenhahn and I. Ren{\'e} J. A. te Boekhorst},
  journal={RO-MAN 2008 - The 17th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication},
  • M. Walters, D. Syrdal, I. T. Boekhorst
  • Published 15 August 2008
  • Materials Science
  • RO-MAN 2008 - The 17th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
Findings are presented from a Human Robot Interaction (HRI) Demonstration Trial where attendees approached a stationary mechanical looking robot to a comfortable distance. Instructions were given to participants by the robot using either a high quality male, a high quality female, a neutral synthesized voice, or by the experimenter (no robot voice). Approaches to the robot with synthesized voice were found to induce significantly further approach distances. Those who had experienced a previous… 

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