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Me-Bot

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[vc_column_text] The MeBot is a semi-autonomous robotic avatar that gives a person a richer way to interact remotely with an audience than is allowed with phone and video conferencing. The robot was designed with an emphasis on being able to convey the non-verbal channels of social communication. That is, it is able to communicate some body posture, a wide range of head movement and very expressive hand gestures. It takes advantage of the current advanced technology in wireless communications and the ever-expanding capabilities of mobile devices. MeBot is a push toward a future where remote presence can be achieved easily in a way that saves traveling time but still achieves the same experience as “being there”. [/vc_column_text]
[vc_column_text] We conducted an experiment that evaluated how people perceived a robot-mediated operator differently when they used (1) just a screen, (2) a static telerobot or (3) a physically embodied and expressive telerobot. Results showed that people felt more psychologically involved and more engaged in the interaction with their remote partners when they were embodied in a socially expressive way. People also reported much higher levels of cooperation both on their own part and their partners as well as a higher score for enjoyment in the interaction. Finally, partners engaging in a collaborative task with the expressive robot reported higher levels of psychological involvement, including empathy[/vc_column_text]
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Publications

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Mebot: The Next Best Thing to Being There

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