TeddIR: tangible information retrieval for children

Wim Bos, Michel Jansen, P.E. van der Vet, Theo W.C. Huibers, Djoerd Hiemstra

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Despite several efforts to make search engines more childfriendly, children still have trouble using systems that require keyboard input. We present TeddIR: a system using a tangible interface that allows children to search for books by placing tangible figurines and books they like/dislike in a green/red box, causing relevant results to be shown on a display. This way, issues with spelling and query formulation are avoided. A fully functional prototype was built and evaluated with children aged 6–8 at a primary school. The children understood TeddIR to a large extent and enjoyed the playful interaction.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
EditorsN. Parés, M. Oliver
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-951-0
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2010

Publication series



  • IR-72462
  • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/231507
  • EWI-18195
  • METIS-270934

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Bos, W., Jansen, M., van der Vet, P. E., Huibers, T. W. C., & Hiemstra, D. (2010). TeddIR: tangible information retrieval for children. In N. Parés, & M. Oliver (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 282-285). [10.1145/1810543.1810592] New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/1810543.1810592