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Abstract

This poster presents emergent non-utilitarian values of robot clothing for Human-robot interaction (HRI). We do this through 1) observation of available clothing products for LOVOT, 2) observation of use of clothing items by LOVOT owners, and 3) design of clothing items for social robot Haru. Our aim is to provoke discussions of “What could robot clothes be?" beyond merely practical use (e.g., protection) for HRI.
EMERGENT DESIGN OF SOCIAL ROBOT CLOTHES FOR
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL INTEGRATION
Waki Kamino, Selma Šabanovi�c, Swapna Joshi @ R-House HRI Lab, Indiana University Bloomington
RESEARCH QUESTION
What could robot clothes be ? - beyond
merely practical use for human-robot
interaction.
METHDOLOGY
1. observation of LOVOT clothing products
2. observation of user practice of clothing
by LOVOT users (Twitter content analysis:
N=154, in Japanese)
3. designing clothes for social robot Haru
LOVOT COMMERCIAL CLOTHES
• various fashion products available
• most clothing items are digitally
interactive [2,3]
Clothes for:
• ludic interaction
• morphology
• seasonal & cultural practice
• DIY
REFLECTION
vast potential for ludic human-
robot interactions using clothes
• robot clothing integrated into
cultural / social practices by
users
OUCH!
YEAH!!
(Sakura dance)
(Disco Haru)
WELL DONE!
I LIKE IT!
WHAT DO YOU
WANNA WEAR
TODAY?
TO BE OR
NOT TO BE...
Clothes for daily interaction
ONCE UPON
A TIME...
DESIGNING CLOTHES
FOR HARU
Haru robot
• multi-modal, multi-functional
desktop robot from Honda
Research Institute
• clothing ideas for Haru
based on themes/concpets
emerged from 1&2
LOVOT CLOTHES USER PRACTICE
•various commercial & handmade items
used by LOVOT users
• resulting in highly individualized looks
Clothes for:
• expression of robot identity
(e.g., handmade name tag)
• attractiveness & affection
(e.g., “You look cute!” )
Haru robot
developed to engage
in social activities
e.g., tele-presence
communication, and
playful interaction
[1]
mandatory
“base wear”
Zoomorphic
clothes
1. LOVOT
product example
Cultural clothes
(aloha shirt &
casual kimono)
DIY shirt
2. LOVOT
Twitter images
(Storytelling
character)
ROAR!
(Zoomorphic)
MEOW!
Clothes to trigger themed-behavior
GENTLY
PLEASE!
FUTURE WORK
• prototyping of clothes
for robot
• user study to examine
the effects of different
clothes in HRI
REFERENCE
[1] Randy Gomez. 2020. Meet Haru, the UnassumingBig-Eyed
Robot Helping Researchers Study SocialRobotics. (Feb.
2020).https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/home-rob
ots/honda-research-institute-haru-social-robotpublisher: IEEE.
[2] GROOVE X Inc. 2019. About goods and accessories
–LOVOT. (05 2019).https://help.lovot.life/other/accessories/
[3] GROOVE X Inc. 2020. LOVOT. (06
2020).https://lovot.life/en/
Cultural dresses that make
Haru dance
Clothes to transform Haru body into
haptic interface
About goods and accessories -LOVOT
  • Groove X Inc
GROOVE X Inc. 2019. About goods and accessories -LOVOT. (05 2019).https://help.lovot.life/other/accessories/