Bloom is designed to promote constructive (situational-focused) conflict using three key features. Through a Wizard of Oz interface, an experimenter monitors conversations for accusatory language, and Bloom responds accordingly.Bloom's Features
Final Robot Design
Bloom monitors conversations for accusatory language and rotates to face those who engage in destructive conflict.
Bloom wilts to signal destructive conflict and suggests to take an alternative approach to the issue.
When a conflict becomes constructive, Bloom's stem will straighten and adjust back to its upright position.
Our preliminary results indicated that Bloom can stimulate empathy in human companions.
Our team is composed of five students from a variety of different backgrounds and diciplines.
We created a concept prototype of our robot using cardboard, as well as developed a benchmarking mind map to further understand the design space.
We then built a high-fidelity prototype of our cardboard prototype using wood and arduino servos.
To learn more about how people interpret our robot's behaviors, we launched a brief survey on Amazon Mechanical Turk to help us determine how it might work in a group task.