Abstract: Building from our previous work we explore HandiMate, a roboticsÂ kit which enables users to construct and animate their toys usingÂ everyday craft materials. The kit contains eight joint modules,Â a tablet interface and a glove controller. Unlike popular kits,Â HandiMate does not rely on manufactured parts to construct theÂ toy. Rather this open ended platform engages users to pursue interestÂ driven activities using everyday objects, such as cardboard, constructionÂ paper, and spoons. These crafted parts are then fastenedÂ together using Velcro to the joint modules and animated using theÂ glove as the controller. In this paper, we discuss the results fromÂ two user studies which were designed to understand the affinity ofÂ HandiMate among children. The first study reveals that childrenÂ rated the HandiMate kit as gender-neutral, appealing equally toÂ both female and male students. The second study discusses the benefitsÂ of engaging children in engineering design with HandiMate,Â which has been observed to bring out childrenâ€™s tacit physics-basedÂ engineering knowledge and facilitate learning.
Sang Ho Yoonâ€ , Ansh Vermaâ€ , Kylie Peppler, Karthik Ramani
HandiMate: Exploring a Modular Robotics kit for Animating Crafted Toys
In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design & Children (IDC'15), Tufts University, USA, 2015