Sticking Together: Handcrafting Personalized Communication Interfaces.
ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and
Children (IDC) 2011, ACM
Natalie Freed, Jie Qi, Adam Stephenson, Hayes Raffle, Leah Buechley, Cynthia Breazeal
We present I/O Stickers, adhesive sensors and actuators thatchildren can use to
create personalized remote communicationinterfaces. By attaching I/O Stickers to
special greeting cards,children can invent ways to communicate with
long-distanceloved ones with personalized, connected messages. Childrendecorate
these cards with their choice of craft materials, creativelyexpressing themselves
while making a functioning interface. Thelow-bandwidth connections leave room for
children to design notonly the look and function, but also the signification of
theconnections. We describe the design of the I/O Stickers, a varietyof artifacts
children have created, and future directions for thetoolkit. Preliminary results
indicate that I/O Stickers are beginningto make a space for creative learning about
communication and tomake keeping in touch playful and meaningful.