Designing Modular Robotic Playware

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In this paper, we explore the design of modular robotic objects that may enhance playful experiences. The approach builds upon the development of modular robotics to create a kind of playware, which is flexible in both set-up and activity building for the end-user to allow easy creation of games. Key features of this design approach are modularity, flexibility, and construction, immediate feedback to stimulate engagement, activity design by end-users, and creative exploration of play activities. These features permit the use of such modular playware by a vast array of users, including disabled children who often could be prevented from using and taking benefits from modern technologies. The objective is to get any children moving, exchanging, experimenting and having fun, regardless of their cognitive or physical ability levels. The paper describes two prototype systems developed as modular robotic tiles, and discusses the challenges and opportunities of this modular playware when used by children with different cognitive abilities.
Original languageEnglish
Title18th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication : Ro-Man '09
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2009
Pages115-121
ISBN (print)978-1-4244-5081-7
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ConferenceInternational Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
Number18
CityToyama International Conference Center, Japan
Period01/01/09 → …

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