Tangibles for children, the challenges

Bieke Zaman*, Vero Vanden Abeele, Panos Markopoulos, Paul Marshall

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A significant proportion of research in the field of tangible interaction involves children. A common aspiration is to offer benefits through tangibility, related to ease of use and overall user experience while also support learning and developmental processes. However, evaluation results are often equivocal, and expectations of researchers not always verified. This workshop aims to attract researchers who approach this topic of tangibility and children from an empirical or design perspective. The purpose is to obtain a good picture of what benefits we expect tangibility to provide (including novel and future applications), establish what is the current empirical evidence to support such claims (or what is missing), and motivate appropriate evaluation methodologies for children.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th International Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2009
Event27th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009 - Boston, United States
Duration: 4 Apr 20099 Apr 2009
Conference number: 27


Conference27th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009
Abbreviated titleCHI 2009
CountryUnited States


  • Child-computer interaction
  • Evaluation methods
  • Tangible and embedded interaction

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