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Decoration of Robot Movements by Smells

Member: Hikaru Senbonmatsu.
Keywords: Olfactory display, non-verbal communication, and emotional expressions.

As a method for non-verbal expression or decoration of movements in social robots, we explored the use of olfactory displays, i.e., smells. In this study, we made two prototype devices, which enable a humanoid robot to present different types of smells during its movements. Furthermore, we tested whether robots equipped with these devices could influence humans' impression. Results suggest that robot's smell may affect the impression given to humans.

  • Hikaru Senbonmatsu, Fumihide Tanaka: Robot with an Olfactory Display: Decorating its Movements by Smells, Proceedings of the 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2019), in press, New Delhi, India, October 2019 [final draft, 534KB]

(Updated on July 31, 2019)