Children's haptic experiences of tangible artifacts varying in hardness
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- Conference Proceeding
- ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, 2008, 358 pp. 221 - 228
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In this paper we describe our investigations on the role of material hardness in the haptic experience of tangible artifacts. 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. Copyright 2008 ACM.
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