JRM Vol.35 No.3 pp. 723-733
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2023.p0723


Pocketable-Bones: Self-Augment Mobile Robot Mediating our Sociality

Naoki Ohshima*, Katsuya Iwasaki**, Ryosuke Mayumi**, Komei Hasegawa**, and Michio Okada**

*Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute (EIIRIS), Toyohashi University of Technology
1-1 Hibarigaoka, Tempaku-cho, Toyohashi, Aichi 441-8580, Japan

**Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology
1-1 Hibarigaoka, Tempaku-cho, Toyohashi, Aichi 441-8580, Japan

November 21, 2022
February 15, 2023
June 20, 2023
relational theory approach, mobile robot, eye-gaze behavior, shared intention, well-being

Discussions on human-robot interactions abound in the fields of human-agent interaction and human-robot interaction. Although studies on communication through conversations and physical actions have been conducted, many of these studies focus on robot gaze while neglecting human gaze. In this study, we developed Pocketable-Bones, a mobile robot that can move with the human gaze in mind. This robot can fit in a breast pocket and follows and turns in the same direction a person faces. Notably, we have been investigating the realization of joint gazing in which two persons share interests and concerns through gazing. This study’s experiment results showed that Pocketable-Bones’ gazing behaviors satisfied the components of self-determination theory in well-being, notably autonomy, competence, and relationship.

Walking with “Pocketable-Bones”

Walking with “Pocketable-Bones”

Cite this article as:
N. Ohshima, K. Iwasaki, R. Mayumi, K. Hasegawa, and M. Okada, “Pocketable-Bones: Self-Augment Mobile Robot Mediating our Sociality,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.35 No.3, pp. 723-733, 2023.
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