The following study raises some interesting thoughts about how we humans perceive the world around us.
Perhaps it is not surprising, but according to the study, people change their own behavior based on the color of the robot with which they are interacting.
The article mentions that the study arose due to the researchers noticing a fact about the robots currently in the world: “have you ever wondered why you rarely see a brown or black robot?” We here at Misty Robotics, recently performed a study of our backers, i.e. those who purchased a Misty 2 robot, which comes in matte white or matte black colors, and one of the questions posed was “which color do you want to receive?” 42.8% of backers bought matte black, while 57.2% bought matte white. The internal hardware of both robots is identical. When Misty 2 ships and is in the hands of our backers, it will be interesting to see if there are differences between usage, skills developed, interactions, or reception of our robots in the world based solely upon color differences.
For example, I can imagine that a developer who wanted to design a robot to perform nocturnal skills in a stealthy way might prefer that their robot be less noticeable to the human eye, which might make them choose to purchase a black Misty 2 instead of white.
What were your reasons for choosing the color for Misty 2 that you purchased? Was it solely based on appearance/personal preference? Was it motivated by some skill that you thought would be better performed/received by a robot of one color over another? Does having a robot of one particular color provide some perceived advantage to you?