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A Mobile Mixed-Reality Environment for Children's Storytelling Using a Handheld Projector and a Robot

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1 Author(s)
Sugimoto, M. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Inf. Syst., Univ. of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

This paper describes a system called GENTORO that uses a robot and a handheld projector for supporting children's storytelling activities. GENTORO differs from many existing systems in that children can make a robot play their own story in a physical space augmented by mixed-reality technologies. Pilot studies have been conducted to clarify the design requirements of GENTORO from both technological and practical viewpoints. A user study indicates that GENTORO's ability to enable manipulation of a robot using a handheld projector in a physical space can enhance children's embodied participation in, and their level of engagement with, their storytelling activities, and can support children in designing and expressing creative and original stories.

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Learning Technologies, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

July-Sept. 2011

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