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

Research Article

Swinxsbee: A Shared Interactive Play Object to Stimulate Children’s Social Play Behaviour and Physical Exercise

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-02315-6_9,
        author={Martijn Jansen and Tilde Bekker},
        title={Swinxsbee: A Shared Interactive Play Object to Stimulate Children’s Social Play Behaviour and Physical Exercise},
        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={intelligent play objects head-up play social play behaviour},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-02315-6_9}
    }
    
  • Martijn Jansen
    Tilde Bekker
    Year: 2012
    Swinxsbee: A Shared Interactive Play Object to Stimulate Children’s Social Play Behaviour and Physical Exercise
    INTETAIN
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-02315-6_9
Martijn Jansen1,*, Tilde Bekker1,*
  • 1: Eindhoven University of Technology
*Contact email: m.e.p.jansen@student.tue.nl, m.m.bekker@tue.nl

Abstract

This paper describes a study on the influence of personal and shared play objects on the amount of social interaction. The study makes use of Swinxs, a commercially available game console that uses the strength of digital games to facilitate physically active games that can be played indoor or outdoor. A Frisbee-like object called Swinxsbee has been designed to support new game possibilities for Swinxs and stimulate social interaction. The results of a user evaluation show that children playing with shared objects engage in more social interaction than children playing with personal objects. Furthermore we observed that when games require much physical activity, this might have a negative influence on the level of social interaction, while games demanding creativity might have a positive influence.