Social drone companion for the home environment: A user-centric exploration
Paper i proceeding, 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, Data- och informationsteknik

Anna Romell

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik

Photchara Ratsamee

Osaka University

A.E. Yantaç

Koç Üniversitesi

Morten Fjeld

Chalmers, Tillämpad informationsteknologi, Interaktionsdesign

Mohammad Obaid

Uppsala universitet

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

978-145035113-3 (ISBN)


Människa-datorinteraktion (interaktionsdesign)





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