Make Roomba for daddy — owners getting attached to their robots

People give them nicknames, worry when they signal for help and sometimes even treat them like trusted pets.

A newly released Georgia Tech study shows that some Roomba owners become deeply attached to the robotic vacuums and suggests there’s a measure of public readiness to accept additional robots in the house — even flawed ones.

“They’re more willing to work with a robot that does have issues because they really, really like it,” said Beki Grinter, an associate professor at the school’s College of Computing. “It sort of begins to address more concerns: If we can design things that are somewhat emotionally engaging, it doesn’t have to be as reliable.”

Grinter decided to study the devices after she saw online pictures of people dressing up their Roombas, disc-shaped, self-directed vacuums made by iRobot Corp.

Source:  Associated Press

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