This study from University of Oslo discusses how AV1 “designed to mediate experiences of care, social connectedness, and intimacy, was used by adolescents with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, a condition that reduces their normal functioning, including the ability to socialise. A study with nine adolescents, each using the robot for about a year in average, revealed that it was largely effective at mediating their everyday experiences of relatedness, triggering productive new habits and social practices.”
The authors “interpret these findings to propose a set of strategies for designing technologies that support relatedness while requiring minimal interactivity and engagement. Balance, extension-of-self, coolness, and acts-of-care, in addition to commonly used physicalness, expressivity and awareness, enable the robot to extend the adolescents' ability to relate to others, people and animals.”
Culén, A. L., Børsting, J., & Odom, W. (2019). Mediating relatedness for adolescents with ME: Reducing isolation through minimal interactions with a Robot Avatar. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference (pp. 359-371).