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Last Words is an augmented reality experience that allows viewers to explore the final statements of executed death row convicts in Texas. We use Last Words to explore the idea of immersive experiential exploration, where Last Words is designed to encourage learning through discovery and reflection on social justice. The final statements of death row convicts are visualized as 3D word trees that the viewer can walk around and explore, and we use speech interaction to allow viewers to embody the last words, giving voice back to the individuals who no longer have it.
Personal Space Intrusion in Human-Robot Collaboration
Our research aims toward a method of evaluating how invasion of personal space by a robot, with appropriate social context, affects human comfort. We contribute an early design of a testbed to evaluate how comfort changes because of invasion of personal space by a robot during a collaborative task within a shared workspace. Our testbed allows the robot to reach into the human’s personal space at different distances and urgency levels.