Social drone companion for the home environment: A user-centric exploration
Paper in proceedings, 2017

Recent research has focused on how to facilitate interaction between humans and robots, giving rise to the field of human robot interaction. A related research area is human-drone interaction (HDI), investigating how interaction between humans and drones can be expanded in novel and meaningful ways. In this work, we explore the use of drones as companions in a home environment. We present three consecutive studies addressing user requirements and design space of companion drones. Following a user-centered approach, the three stages include online questionnaire, design workshops, and simulated virtual reality (VR) home environment. Our results show that participants preferred the idea of a drone companion at home, particularly for tasks such as fetching items and cleaning. The participants were also positive towards a drone companion that featured anthropomorphic features.

Human-drone interaction



Social drone


Kari Karjalainen

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers)

Anna Romell

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers)

Photchara Ratsamee

Osaka University

A.E. Yantaç

Koç University

Morten Fjeld

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

Mohammad Obaid

Uppsala University

5th International Conference on Human Agent Interaction, HAI 2017; Excellence Center of Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)Bielefeld; Germany; 17 October 2017 through 20 October 2017


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