Rebo: A Pet-Like Strokable Remote Control
Kazuki Kobayashi*1, Seiji Yamada*2,*3,*4, Shinobu Nakagawa*5,
and Yasunori Saito*6
*1Graduate School of Science and Technology, Shinshu University, 4-17-1 Wakasato, Nagano City 380-8553, Japan
*2National Institute of Informatics, 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-8430, Japan
*3SOKENDAI, Shonan Village, Hayama, Kanagawa 240-0193, Japan
*4Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 226-8503, Japan
*5Design Department, Osaka University of Arts, 469 Higashiyama, Kanan-cho, Minami Kawachi-gun, Osaka 585-8555, Japan
*6Faculty of Engineering, Shinshu University, 4-17-1 Wakasato, Nagano City 380-8553, Japan
This paper describes a pet-like remote control called Rebo for home appliances and TVs. Rebo has three new advantages over conventional remote controls: user-friendliness, function awareness, and functional manipulation by stroking touch panels. Its pet-like presence and facial expressions make it seem friendly to users. Its function awareness makes users easily aware of its functions through expressive feedback that informs them of the meaning of their manipulations by showing part of the function that is to be executed. The ability to manipulate its functions by stroking it like one would do a pet also enables users to use Rebo without having to look for buttons to push. We conducted experiments in which we monitored the eye movements of users while they operated Rebo and another remote control and administered questionnaires to users afterwards. The experimental results revealed significant aspects of Rebo and confirmed its advantages.
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