Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment. Third International Conference, INTETAIN 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 22-24, 2009. Proceedings

Research Article

Interactive Play Objects: The Influence of Multimodal Output on Open-Ended Play

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-02315-6_8,
        author={Eva Hopma and Tilde Bekker and Janienke Sturm},
        title={Interactive Play Objects: The Influence of Multimodal Output on Open-Ended Play},
        proceedings={Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment. Third International Conference, INTETAIN 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 22-24, 2009. Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={INTETAIN},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={open-ended play creativity social interaction interactive toys children multimodality design},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-02315-6_8}
    }
    
  • Eva Hopma
    Tilde Bekker
    Janienke Sturm
    Year: 2012
    Interactive Play Objects: The Influence of Multimodal Output on Open-Ended Play
    INTETAIN
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-02315-6_8
Eva Hopma1,*, Tilde Bekker1,*, Janienke Sturm1,*
  • 1: Eindhoven University of Technology
*Contact email: E.E.Hopma@student.tue.nl, M.M.Bekker@tue.nl, J.Sturm@tue.nl

Abstract

In this paper we investigate how providing multiple output modalities affects open-ended play with interactive toys. We designed a play object which reacts to children’s physical behavior by providing multimodal output and we compared it with a unimodal variant, focusing on the experience and creativity of the children. In open-ended play children create their own games inspired by the interaction with a play object. We show how the modalities affect the number of games played, the type and diversity of games that the children created, and the way children used the different feedback modalities as inspiration for their games. Furthermore, we discuss the consequences of our design choices on open-ended play.