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In this paper we present the results of a comparative study that explores the potential benefits of using embodied interaction to help children, aged 7 to 10, learn abstract concepts related to musical sounds. Forty children learned to create musical sound sequences using an interactive sound making environment. Half the children used a version of the(More)
In this paper we present a quantitative, comparative study of a multimedia environment about social justice that users can control using whole body interaction or a simple control device. We explore the efficacy of using embodied metaphor-based whole body interaction compared to controller-based interaction for an abstract domain (social justice). We(More)
In most cases authors are permitted to post their version of the article (e.g. in Word or Tex form) to their personal website or institutional repository. Authors requiring further information regarding Elsevier's archiving and manuscript policies are encouraged to visit: a b s t r a c t A recent trend in ubiquitous computing is the development of new forms(More)
We discuss three design strategies for improving the quality of social interaction and learning with interactive museum guides: 1) embodied interaction; 2) game-learning; 3) a hybrid system. We used these strategies in our prototype Kurio, which is aimed at supporting families visiting museums. The results of our evaluation show positive implications of(More)
Supporting users' reasoned imagination in sense making during interaction with tangible and embedded computation involves supporting the application of their existing mental schemata in understanding new forms of interaction. Recent studies that include an embodied metaphor in the interaction model, which relates action-based inputs to digital outputs, have(More)
Interactive computer systems have been explored in the performing arts for the past two decades, incorporating several models of the Performer-Technology relationship. As computer systems are afforded greater autonomy and agency in performance and everyday interactions, an interface that reflects the collaborative nature of the Performer-Performer(More)
In this paper we describe the theory and design of a prototype interactive environment called Springboard. Springboard supports users to explore concepts in social justice through embodied interaction. We present the foundational theory of embodied conceptual metaphor, focusing on the <i>twin-pan balance schema</i>. We describe the application of balance(More)
This research investigates audience experience of empathy with a performer during a digitally mediated performance. Theatrical performance necessitates social interaction between performers and audience. We present a performance-based study that explores audience awareness of performer's kinaesthetic activity in 2 ways: by isolating the audience's(More)