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How do you play with a robotic toy animal?: A long-term study of Pleo
SICS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3972-9689
2010 (English)In: IDC '10 Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, 2010, 39-48 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Pleo is one of the more advanced interactive toys currently available for the home market, taking the form of a robotic dinosaur. We present an exploratory study of how it was interacted with and reflected upon in the homes of six families during 2 to 10 months. Our analysis emphasizes a discrepancy between the participants' initial desires to borrow a Pleo and what they reported later on about their actual experiences. Further, the data suggests an apparent tension between participants expecting the robot to work as a 'toy' while making consistent comparisons with real pet animals. We end by discussing a series of implications for design of this category of toys, in order to better maintain interest and engagement over time.

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2010. 39-48 p.
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Children, Home, Long-term, Pleo, Robot, Robotic toys
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Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-59120DOI: 10.1145/1810543.1810549ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77954908003ISBN: 978-1-60558-951-0OAI: diva2:475196
9th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC2010; Barcelona; 9 June 2010 through 12 June 2010
QC 20120111Available from: 2012-01-10 Created: 2012-01-10 Last updated: 2012-01-11Bibliographically approved

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