Designing IoT resources to support outdoor play for children

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Dylan,T., Wood, G., Durrant, A.C., Vines, J., Torres, P.E., Ulrich, P.I.N., Cukurova, M., Carr, A., Çerçi, S. and Lawson, S. 2020. Designing IoT resources to support outdoor play for children . in: CHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems ACM. pp. 1-12
AuthorsDylan,T., Wood, G., Durrant, A.C., Vines, J., Torres, P.E., Ulrich, P.I.N., Cukurova, M., Carr, A., Çerçi, S. and Lawson, S.
Abstract

We describe a Research-through-Design (RtD) project that explores the Internet of Things (IoT) as a resource for children's free play outdoors. Based on initial insights from a design ethnography, we developed four RtD prototypes for social play in different scenarios of use outdoors, including congregating on a street or in a park to play physical games with IoT. We observed these prototypes in use by children in their free play in two community settings, and report on the qualitative analysis of our fieldwork. Our findings highlight the designs' material qualities that encouraged social and physical play under certain conditions, suggesting social affordances that are central to the success of IoT designs for free play outdoors. We provide directions for future research that addresses the challenges faced when deploying IoT with children, contributing new considerations for interaction design with children in outdoor settings and free play contexts.

KeywordsDigital playing out; childreC; Outdoor play; Free play; Pervasive play; Internet of Things
Page range1-12
Year2020
Book titleCHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM
Output statusPublished
ISBN9781450367080
Publication dates
OnlineApr 2020
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Jun 2020
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1145/3313831.3376302
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376302
FunderEPSRC
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