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Virtual Co-Eating: Making Solitary Eating Experience More Enjoyable

Abstract : Recently, a research on eating habits of Japanese college students revealed that they have a highly desire to communicate with others through co-eating. Even though better eating experience through co-eating is important, they often tend to be alone even more because of some reasons like small households, living alone, and having no time to find others for co-eating. Therefore, we believe that it may improve eating experience by incorporating a fictional character into the real space as a partner to eat together. For validating the idea, we have developed a virtual co-eating system for solving issues caused from solitary eating, and show some insights from its user study.
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Monami Takahashi, Hiroki Tanaka, Hayato Yamana, Tatsuo Nakajima. Virtual Co-Eating: Making Solitary Eating Experience More Enjoyable. 16th International Conference on Entertainment Computing (ICEC), Sep 2017, Tsukuba City, Japan. pp.460-464, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-66715-7_63⟩. ⟨hal-01771257⟩

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