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Development of a Social Robot Toolkit for Co-Design and Prototyping

Pawirotaroeno, Rezfan (2020) Development of a Social Robot Toolkit for Co-Design and Prototyping.

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Abstract:With the rise in the use of social robots in society also comes the need for a tool that Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) developers can use to build social robots more effectively. To develop effective social robots, these developers often create robots through the practice of co-design. This tool that HRI-developers would be able to use can be in the form of a social robot prototyping toolkit that facilitates rapid prototyping and can be implemented in co-design. By providing them with such a tool, it could contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness at which the social robots are developed. The focus of this bachelor thesis project is to develop such a tool that HRI-developers can use. This paper discusses the methodology taken to realize such a toolkit and evaluates its effectiveness through user evaluation. Ultimately a social robot toolkit was created that facilitates on the spot construction and provides HRI-developers with the basic tools for creating only simple social robots. These range from different hardware components to components used to connect these to form a full prototype. It was found that such a toolkit automatically functions as a possible tool for educational purposes when allowing entry-level users to use it, or when used in co-design with entry-level users. Another important finding is that the constructing components of the prototype toolkit can also be used as a means for stimulating participant engagement during co-design. Additionally, the research suggests that when developing such a social robot toolkit, it is also important to provide the toolkit users with a singular coherent programming IDE to program the behavior of the prototype more effectively and efficiently.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:53 electrotechnology
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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