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Designing a sonic interactive open-ended playground installation

Marcon, Nicola (2018) Designing a sonic interactive open-ended playground installation.

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Abstract:This work reports the implementation and evaluation of a playground installation which looks at sound as the modality that can provide new and engaging play experiences. The sound design is first tested in a lab setting and later on in a swedish preschool, with a particular focus on the stages of play (invitation, exploration, and immersion). 38 children between 2 and 6 years old participated in a field study that lasted for three days. Children’s engagement over time was quantified and field notes were taken during the whole evaluation. None of the children between 2 and 3 years old reached the immersion stage. On the other hand, children between 4 and 6 years old created their own rules showing parallel and collaborative play and, in some occasions, solitary play. The sound modality chosen proved to be effective to encourage children’s play in a first place. In a longer engagement perspective, the soundscape partly supported an immersive play. The results of this study show how the visual and auditory modalities can be effective in a open-ended interactive playground and report the limitations of this design.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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