Designing IoT Resources to Support Outdoor Play for Children

Thomas Dylan, Gavin Wood, Abigail Durrant, John Vines, Pablo E. Torres, Philip Ulrich, Mutlu Cukurova, Amanda Carr, Sena Cerci, Shaun Lawson

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367080
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM

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