A Tangible Interaction Tool for Children and its Application in Storytelling
Zhang Lan1,2), Sun Fang3), Wang Danli1,2)*, and Dai Guozhong2)
1) (State Key Laboratory of Computer, Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190) 2) (Beijing Key Laboratory of Human-Computer Interaction, Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190) 3) (School of Computer and Information Technology, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian 116029)
Traditional interactive tool such as mouse and keyboard are difficult for younger children to master and do not accord with children’s cognitive habits. Tangible interaction provides an effective way for children- computer interaction. In this paper, we designed a portable tangible tool which could collect children’s operational data by various internal sensors and transmit the data to other equipment via wireless module. Based on this interactive tool, we implemented a tangible storytelling system-TanStory for children and designed multiple interactive gestures which are appropriate for telling stories. While using TanStory, children could switch control a virtual character in the story scene to create a story. A user study was conducted in a kindergarten, and it turned out that the system and the interactive gestures are playful, easy to learn and to use for the children aged 4~7 years old.
children’s storytelling; tangible interaction; gesture recognition; user evaluation