Sociable Trash Box
overview
Focus on a children-dependent robotic approach to establish asynchronous child assistance with a social rapport network for the purpose of collecting trash from a public space. Indeed, a sociable trash box robot (STB) was unable to collect trash by itself, but it succeeded in conveying its intentions to collect the trash to the children. The main purpose of this study is to investigate the effective social cues, behaviors, and other essential factors to facilitate children in their anticipation of the behavior of a sociable trash box robot (intentional stance). The STB engages using interactive social cues and vocal interactions to build a social coupling with children in order to induce their assistance in collecting trash.
  
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design
We implemented the minimalism designing mechanism for STB robots. STB has two parts as its body (upper and lower), and the upper part contains three servomotors: one for twisting itself to the left and right, and the other two motors for bending forward and backward. The lower part has two servomotors for moving its entire body to the left and right directions. The STB contains three kinds of sensors and a single camera to obtain environmental informatics: a pyroelectric infrared sensor, an infrared ray sensor (IR sensor), and a distance sensor. The pyroelectric infrared sensor is capable of tracing human body temperatures which are used to discover the crowded space, and the IR sensor traces whether trash has arrived to its container. The STB uses a distance sensor for avoiding obstacles, and also utilize to make distance between other STBs. Single webcam used for trash detection and recognition of other STBs through image processing.
publication
Journal Articles
  • Yuto Yamaji, Taisuke Miyake, Yuta Yoshiike, P. Ravindra S De Silva and Michio Okada: STB:Child-Dependent Sociable Trash Box, International Journal of Social Robotics, Volume 3, Number 4, Pages 359-370 (2011).
  • Yoshinori Yoshida, Yuta Yoshiike, Michio Okada, Sociable Trash Box : A robot collecting trashes with children, Journal of Human Interface Society, Vol.11, No.1, pp.27-36, 2009.(in Japanese)
International Conference
  • Yuto Yamaji, Taisuke Miyake, Yuta Yoshiike, P. Ravindra De Silva and Michio Okada: STB: Intentional Stance Grounded Child-dependent Robot, Proc. of International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2010), November 23-24, Singapore (2010).
  • Yuto Yamaji, Taisuke Miyake, Yuta Yoshiike, P. Ravindra De Silva and Michio Okada: STB: Human-Dependent Sociable Trash Box, Proc. of 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction(HRI2010), pp.197-198, March 2-5 2010, Osaka. Best Late-Breaking Report Award
  • Yuta Yoshiike, Yuto Yamaji, Taisuke Miyake, P. Ravindra De Silva and Michio Okada: Sociable Trash Box, Proc. of 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction(HRI2010), p.337, March 2-5 2010, Osaka.
Domestic Conference
  • Tatsuya Mori, Taisuke Miyake, P.Ravindra De Silva, Michio Okada: Estimating Proper Distances between Children and Robots, Proc. of Tokai-Section Joint Conference on Electrical and Related Engineering 2012 (in CD-ROM), D1-5, Toyohashi, Japan (2012/9/24-25).
  • Shohei Sawada, Tatsuya Mori, P. Ravindora De Silva and Michio Okada: Sociable Trash Box: Sociable Trash Box: Participant Observation from Robot's inner view, Proc. of The Human Interface Symposium (HIS) 2012 (in CD-ROM), 1528D, pp. 335-338 (2012/9/4-7).
  • Taisuke Miyake, Tatsuya Mori, Noriko Yoshida, Yuta Yoshiike, P. Ravindra S. De Silva, Michio Okada: What's That? - How did Children Regard the Sociable Trash Box?, Proc. of The Human-Agent Interaction (HAI) Symposium 2011 (in USB memory), I-2B-1 (2011/12/3-5).
  • Noriko Yoshida, Taisuke Miyake, Yuta Yoshiike, P.Ravindra De Silva and Michio Okada: Dynamic Changes of Interpersonal Space Effect by Child's Perceived Self-Efficary for Sociable Trash Box Robot, Proc. of The Human Interface Symposium (HIS) 2012 (in CD-ROM), pp. 567-570 (2011/9/13-16).
  • Tatsuya Mori,Taisuke Miyake,Yuuta Yoshiike,P.Ravindra De Silva and Michio Okada: Sociable Trash Box: Sociable Trash Box: Explore Effective STB Behaviors to Elicit the Children's Assistance, Proc. of The Human Interface Symposium (HIS) 2012 (in CD-ROM), pp. 857-860 (2011/9/13-16).
  • Taisuke Miyake, Yuto Yamaji, Yuta Yoshiike, P. Ravindra De Silva, Michio Okada: Sociable Trash Box: Focused on the Deviation of Children Interactions in the Contexts of Robot's Swarm vs. Individual Behaviors, Proc. of The 27th Japanese Cognitive Science Society Symposium, P3-39, (2010/9/17-19).
  • Yuto Yamaji, Taisuke Miyake, Yuta Yoshiike, Michio Okada: Power of Weakness : Concept and Field Studies on Sociable Trash Box interacting with Children, Proceedings of Human-Agent Interaction Symposium (HAI2009), 1B-2 (USB Memory), December 4-5 2009. (in Japanese)
  • Yuto Yamaji, Taisuke Miyake, Yoshinori Yoshida, Yuta Yoshiike, Michio Okada: Studies on swarm trash boxes toward a member of social community, Proceedings of Human Interface Symposium 2009, pp591-594 , September 2-4 2009. (in Japanese).
  • Yoshinori Yoshida, Yuta Yoshiike, Michio Okada: Swarm Sociable Trash Box : Generating moderate cooperativity with children, Proceedings of Interaction 2009, March 5-6 2009. (in Japanese)
  • Yoshinori Yoshida, Hironori Kamoda, Yuta Yoshiike, Michio Okada: Power of Weakness : Interaction design for eliciting social assistance, Proceedings of Human Interface Symposium 2008, pp.821-824, September 1-4 2008. (in Japanese)
  • Yoshinori Yoshida, Toshihiro Sekiguchi, Michio Okada: Sociable Trash Box : ”Roles of Indeterminacy” and Application to Interaction Design, Proceedings of Interaction 2009, March 3-4 2008. (in Japanese)
  • Yoshinori Yoshida, Hiroyuki Ojima, Yuta Yoshiike, Michio Okada: Sociable Trash Box : a Carrying Vehicle for exploring mutuality between human and artifact, Proceedings of Human Interface Symposium 2008, pp.349-352, September 3-6 2007. (in Japanese)

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