Deliverable 6.3 Acceptability of a home companion robot

The present document serves as the third installment of deliverable D6.3 “Acceptability of a home companion robot”. The results of a study carried out at University of Twente are shown, intended to serve as preliminary study on long-term acceptance of robots by elderly people. That study was not long-term per se, rather it was intended to provide valuable guidelines for the next study. The study results suggested that elderly people accept better robots that serve to communicate with their carers, compared to robots that appear autonomous. After reporting that study, the description of a second, long-term study is provided, which emphasized the importance of stimulating the long-term adherence of the participants to the tasks that involve the robot. Finally, a third study is also included in the deliverable, which feeds from the wealth of knowledge derived from the second study. This last study deploys a more adaptive robot and exerts a stricter methodological control. The second and third studies form the core of Task T6.2 “Identify the factors that strongly influence long-term user acceptance” and have been carried out by the University of Twente until August 2014.