PlayCubes: Monitoring constructional ability in children using a tangible user interface and a playful virtual environment

Sigal Jacoby, Galia Gutwillig, Doron Jacoby, Naomi Josman, Patrice L. Weiss, Minori Koike, Yuichi Itoh, Norifumi Kawai, Yoshifumi Kitamura, Ehud Sharlin

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Abstract

Constructional ability is a necessary part of everyday functioning for adults and children alike. In children, the need for adequate levels of constructional ability is evident during both recreational and school activities. PlayCubes is a dynamic tool that supports monitoring a variety of the perceptual-motor processes needed while children perform constructional tasks. PlayCubes is based on ActiveCube (AC), an electronic, Lego-like tangible user interface (TUI) designed to construct three-dimensional (3D) objects in both the physical and virtual realms simultaneously. In this paper we explore PlayCubes' use as a concrete, ecologically valid tool which reveals the dynamic functional processes underlying constructional ability among typically developed children. Our paper describes the PlayCubes interface including its interactive playground virtual setting, the motivation for the study, the experimental design and results to date. We conclude that, despite several technical limitations, the PlayCubes system and playground apparatus tasks appear to be sensitive to differences in children constructional abilities while presenting an engaging and enjoyable assessment tool.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 Virtual Rehabilitation International Conference, VR 2009
Pages42-49
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2009 Virtual Rehabilitation International Conference, VR 2009 - Haifa, Israel
Duration: 2009 Jun 292009 Jul 2

Publication series

Name2009 Virtual Rehabilitation International Conference, VR 2009

Other

Other2009 Virtual Rehabilitation International Conference, VR 2009
CountryIsrael
CityHaifa
Period09/6/2909/7/2

Keywords

  • Constructional ability
  • Playcubes
  • Tangible user interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Biomedical Engineering

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    Jacoby, S., Gutwillig, G., Jacoby, D., Josman, N., Weiss, P. L., Koike, M., Itoh, Y., Kawai, N., Kitamura, Y., & Sharlin, E. (2009). PlayCubes: Monitoring constructional ability in children using a tangible user interface and a playful virtual environment. In 2009 Virtual Rehabilitation International Conference, VR 2009 (pp. 42-49). [5174203] (2009 Virtual Rehabilitation International Conference, VR 2009). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICVR.2009.5174203