Exercising with a humanoid companion is more effective than exercising alone

Sebastian Schneider, Franz Kummert

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Abstract

Engineers developing socially assistive robots for promoting a healthy and active lifestyle are facing several mechanical and interactive design challenges. In this paper we are answering the question whether a humanoid exercising partner capable of working out together with its user makes significant improvement in the user's engagement. We conducted a study with 56 participants doing five isometric exercises in three conditions comparing the differences between working out alone (IC), with an robot instructor (RI) guiding the user, or with a robot companion (RC) exercising co-actively with the user. Our results show that the RC brings a motivational gain to exercise longer compared to all other conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHumanoids 2016 - IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages495-501
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781509047185
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event16th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2016 - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 15 Nov 201617 Nov 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots
ISSN (Print)2164-0572
ISSN (Electronic)2164-0580

Conference

Conference16th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2016
Country/TerritoryMexico
CityCancun
Period15/11/1617/11/16

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