Floffy: Designing an Outdoor Robot for Children

Abstract : In our research we utilized the domain of entertainment robotics to educate children on the principles of environmental awareness by playful means outdoors. Our research revolved around the iterative design of Floffy: the environmental robot, which was essentially a playful toy robot that would respond positively to interaction that was beneficial for the environment and the child’s own well being and negatively to interaction or behaviour that was detrimental to the surroundings. We conducted an explorative, informal evaluation of Floffy with two small groups of children and they rated their experience with it positively. Our results show that there is potential in utilizing entertainment robots to educate children on serious and critical issues such as saving our environment and being sustainable.
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Omar Mubin, Luke Vink, Pieter Oosterwijk, Abdullah Mahmud, Suleman Shahid. Floffy: Designing an Outdoor Robot for Children. 14th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT), Sep 2013, Cape Town, South Africa. pp.563-570, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-40498-6_46⟩. ⟨hal-01510506⟩

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