HOMIE: an artificial companion for elderly people

Simone Kriglstein, Günter Wallner

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Abstract

In this paper we present Homie an artificial companion for elderly people. Our approach emphasizes amusement and benefit-amusement in form of entertainment and benefit in terms of medical care. The key to awake elderly people's emotional engagement in an artificial companion is its emotional behavior. Therefore, we propose a companion that does not look technical, which is mostly associated with the words cold and impersonal. Furthermore it features facial expression and gesture. An important design aspect was that it is no additional burden for elderly people. Engaging with it is free and fun.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI'05 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA'05
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages2094-2098
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)1-59593-002-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2005 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: 2 Apr 20057 Apr 2005

Conference

ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2005
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period2/04/057/04/05

Keywords

  • Artificial companionship
  • Elderly people
  • Emotion
  • Entertainment
  • Medical care
  • Relationship

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