New Family Member but It’s a Digital Assistant

Dmitry Spodarets

According to research, any device can be more proficient and emotionally alluring to families if it is capable of exhibiting various social cues, such as looking at the speaker during conversation. Moreover, the researchers have discovered that a marketing part, especially the manufacturer’s name, which is associated with the device, has a considerable effect on how families comprehend and work with voice-user interfaces.

The experts want to keep exploring how families co-use voice-user programs that vary in functionality. For example, they can co-study with the help of three different social robots. In addition to that, they’d like to test the findings of their research in a real-world environment and find out what design features work the best for specific interactions.

Source: MIT News.

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