The quality of life of people with special needs,
such as residents of healthcare facilities, may be improved
through operating social telepresence robots that provide
the ability to participate in remote activities with friends
or family. However, to date, such platforms do not exist for
Methodology: Our research utilized an iterative, bottomup,
user-centered approach, drawing upon our assistive
robotics experiences. Based on the findings of our formative
user studies, we developed an augmented reality user
interface for our social telepresence robot. Our user interface
focuses primarily on the human-human interaction
and communication through video, providing support for
semi-autonomous navigation. We conducted a case study
(n=4) with our target population in which the robot was
used to visit a remote art gallery.
Results: All of the participants were able to operate the
robot to explore the gallery, form opinions about the exhibits,
and engage in conversation.
Significance: This case study demonstrates that people
from our target population can successfully engage in the
active role of operating a telepresence robot.
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