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How do you Play with a Robotic Toy Animal? A long-term study of Pleo
Number of Authors: 4
2010 (English)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, 7.
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-16085OAI: diva2:1038109
Interaction Design and Children 2010
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