Children's Haptic Experiences of Tangible Artifacts Varying in Hardness

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ACM
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Proceedings of the 5th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 2008, pp. 221 - 228
Issue Date:
2008-01
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In this paper we describe our investigations on the role of material hardness in the haptic experience of tangible artefacts. Without seeing the artifacts children had to rank their experience on a scale of two antonyms while touching and holding these artifacts. In this experiment it was shown that children have no problem ranking hardness. Two groups could be identified: soft artifacts were found to be cute, speedy and warm, e.g., and hard artifacts boring, sad and old-fashioned. We think that paying attention to this factor in the design of tangible user interfaces for children can improve their experience.
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