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Author Ranasinghe, Nimesha ♦ Peiris, Roshan Lalintha ♦ Abeyrathne, Dilrukshi ♦ Zhu, Kening ♦ Fernando, Owen Noel Newton ♦ Karunanayaka, Kasun ♦ Lan, Lan ♦ Edirisinghe, Chamari ♦ Cheok, Adrian David ♦ Morisawa, Yukihiro
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF ♦ HTM / HTML
Language English
Subject Keyword Interaction design ♦ Social networking ♦ Tangible interfaces
Abstract Children today are more connected and active on the Internet. Their extensive use of online social networks, which ultimately could have perplexing effects on the recognition of their identity and personality, has caused grave social concerns. In addition there is a lack of actual physical communication among children due to their preoccupation with the online self. To address these issues, an interactive robotic toy called Petimo was developed. We believe this introduction of new physical dimension improves safety and enjoyment of children in the social networking arena. As a proof-of-concept, a 3D virtual world called Petimo World is developed. It incorporates basic features of traditional online social networks to provide childern collaborative interaction and enjoyment with their friends. The concept of Petimo could be extended to any social network to create childerns applications to promote physical interaction and enhance enjoyment and safety issues in social networks.
Description Affiliation: National University of Singapore (Abeyrathne, Dilrukshi; Edirisinghe, Chamari; Ranasinghe, Nimesha; Karunanayaka, Kasun; Zhu, Kening; Peiris, Roshan Lalintha; Fernando, Owen Noel Newton; Cheok, Adrian David) || Keio University-Graduate School of Media Design (Lan, Lan; Morisawa, Yukihiro)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2008-03-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Computers in Entertainment (CIE) (CIE)
Volume Number 9
Issue Number 2
Page Count 8
Starting Page 1
Ending Page 8


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Source: ACM Digital Library