During the “HMI project” course of my master I worked together with my project group on researching what the effect is of human like features of a robot on the interaction between robot and child.
One of the experiments we conducted consisted of an sorting assignment that the participant was asked to complete. The sorting assignment could be solved in a lot of different ways and the participant was free to do it in whatever way he or she liked. A robot would start helping the participant but using it’s own method. Three different robot exteriors with different amounts of human features were used and each participant got assigned one at random without knowledge of the other exteriors. Using this experiment we tested whether the different exteriors had an influence on the collaboration between the participant and the robot; did for example the participant start to follow the method of the robot or did he continue using his own?