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The Effects of Natural Sounds and Proxemic Distances on the Perception of a Noisy Domestic Flying Robot
Wang, Ziming; Hu, Ziyi; Rohles, Björn et al.
2023In ACM Transactions on Human - Robot Interaction, 12 (4), p. 32
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Keywords :
close-range human-drone interaction; natural sounds; domestic flying robots; consequential sound
Abstract :
[en] When flying robots are used in close-range interaction with humans, the noise they generate, also called consequential sound, is a critical parameter for user acceptance. We conjecture that there is a benefit in adding natural sounds to noisy domestic drones. To test our hypothesis experimentally, we carried out a mixed-methods research study (N=56) on reported user perception of a sonified domestic flying robot with three sound conditions at three distances. The natural sounds studied were respectively added to the robot’s inherent noises during flying; namely a birdsong and a rain sound, plus a control condition of no added sound. The distances studied were set according to proxemics; namely near, middle, and far. Our results show that adding birdsong or rain sound affects the participants’ perceptions, and the proxemic distances play a nonnegligible role. For instance, we found that participants liked the bird condition the most when the drone was at far, while they disliked the same sound the most when at near. We also found that participants’ perceptions strongly depended on their associations and interpretations deriving from previous experience. We derived six concrete design recommendations.
Disciplines :
Engineering, computing & technology: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Author, co-author :
Wang, Ziming  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) ; University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS) > Institute of Cognitive Science and Assessment (COSA) ; Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden > Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Hu, Ziyi;  Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Rohles, Björn ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS)
Ljungblad, Sara;  Univerity of Gothenburg, Sweden ; Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Koenig, Vincent ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS)
Fjeld, Morten;  Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden ; University of Bergen, Norway
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
The Effects of Natural Sounds and Proxemic Distances on the Perception of a Noisy Domestic Flying Robot
Publication date :
10 January 2023
Journal title :
ACM Transactions on Human - Robot Interaction
eISSN :
2573-9522
Publisher :
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), New York, United States
Volume :
12
Issue :
4
Pages :
32
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Focus Area :
Computational Sciences
Funders :
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
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