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Nene : An Interactive Pet Device

Pafan Julsaksrisakul, George Chernyshov, Masashi Nakatani, Benjamin Tag, Kai Kunze

PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2017 ACM INTERNATIONAL JOINT CONFERENCE ON PERVASIVE AND UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2017 ACM INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WEARABLE COMPUTERS (UBICOMP/ISWC '17 ADJUNCT) | ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY | Published : 2017

Abstract

In the past decades, it has become widely accepted that pets have a positive effect on humans, which leaded to multiple studies on the effects of Human-Animal Interaction (HAI)[4][3]. However, there are many occasions where pet owners have to leave their pets such as working and studying abroad. Thus, we introduce 'Nene', a set of device, including an interactive cat-shaped device that reproduces in real-time features of a pet such thermal and haptic characteristics, and a mobile application for visual and acoustic features. In this study, we explore the psychological effects that Nene has on humans, focusing on loneliness and stress aspects. The evaluation shows a positive result as it prov..

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