Exploring Children’s Use of a Remotely Controlled Surfacebot Character for Storytelling

Alejandro Catala, Mariet Theune, Dennis Reidsma, Silke ter Stal, Dirk K.J. Heylen

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This paper explores the use of a remotely controlled character to be used by children in storytelling activities. The character is implemented in a moveable tablet or surfacebot, which supports the development of inexpensive expressive agents capable of moving around in real space, applicable in diverse play contexts. We carried out an exploratory study of children's interaction with an intermediate prototype. Based on the children’s comments and our observations during the tests, we discuss which interaction aspects should be taken into consideration and which technical features should be further developed in a surfacebot-based storytelling system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment
Subtitle of host publication9th International Conference, INTETAIN 2017, Funchal, Portugal, June 20-22, 2017, Proceedings
EditorsYoram Chisik, Jussi Holopainen, Rilla Khaled, José Luis Silva, Paula Alexandra Silva
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-73062-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-73061-5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
Event9th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, INTETAIN 2017 - Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 20 Jun 201722 Jun 2017
Conference number: 9

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering


Conference9th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, INTETAIN 2017
Abbreviated titleINTETAIN 2017
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  • Storytelling
  • Playful interaction
  • Children interaction
  • Robot
  • Agent

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