In questioning how domestic animals might react to robots designed only for human use, we conducted an informal design research exploration that observed the reaction of two cats to a small social robot placed within their home. We explored two different approaches to revealing technologies to pets: sudden exposure through placing the robot in the space, and a gradual sensory-considerate introduction. While the results remain inconclusive, the exploration helped us gain insights into Animal-Computer Interactions (ACI) in domesticated animals, and to recognize potential behavioural considerations for the design of robots to be placed in multi-species households.
Mangat, M., Au Yeung, T., Sharlin, E., & Somanath, S. (2019, June). Exploring the Reactions of Companion Animals as Unintended Users of Social Robots. In Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion (pp. 251-256). ACM.
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