TSU.MI.KI: Stimulating children's creativity and imagination with interactive blocks

Yuichi Itoh, Shintaro Akinobu, Hiroyasu Ichida, Ryoichi Watanabe, Yoshifumi Kitamura, Fumio Kishino

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Abstract

Young children often build various structures with wooden blocks; structures that are often used for pretend play, subtly improving children's creativity and imagination. Based on a traditional Japanese wooden block toy, Tsumiki, we propose a novel interactive toy for children, maintaining the physical assets of wooden blocks and enhancing them with automation. We name our interactive toy "TSU.MI.KI" "TSU.MI.KI" consists of a set of computerized blocks equipped with several input/output devices. Children can tangibly interact with a virtual scenario by manipulating and constructing structures from the physical blocks, and by using input and output devices that are integrated into the blocks. TSU.MI.KI retains the physical advantages of its ancient predecessor and adds a distinct interactive layer that supports creativity by imitating a storyteller or a supportive caregiver.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Second International Conference on Creating, Connecting and Collaborating through Computing
EditorsY. Kambayashi, K. Tanaka, K. Rose
Pages62-70
Number of pages9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventProceedings - Second International Conference on Creating, Connecting and Collaborating through Computing - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 2004 Jan 292004 Jan 30

Publication series

NameProceedings - Second International Conference on Creating, Connecting and Collaborating Through Computing

Other

OtherProceedings - Second International Conference on Creating, Connecting and Collaborating through Computing
CountryJapan
CityKyoto
Period04/1/2904/1/30

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Itoh, Y., Akinobu, S., Ichida, H., Watanabe, R., Kitamura, Y., & Kishino, F. (2004). TSU.MI.KI: Stimulating children's creativity and imagination with interactive blocks. In Y. Kambayashi, K. Tanaka, & K. Rose (Eds.), Proceedings - Second International Conference on Creating, Connecting and Collaborating through Computing (pp. 62-70). (Proceedings - Second International Conference on Creating, Connecting and Collaborating Through Computing). https://doi.org/10.1109/C5.2004.1314370