Designing intelligent games adapting to children’s playing maturity

Authors

  • Emmanouil Zidianakis Centre for Research and Technology Hellas image/svg+xml
  • Kalliopi Stratigi Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas image/svg+xml
  • Danai Ioannidi Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas image/svg+xml
  • Nikolaos Partarakis Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas image/svg+xml
  • Margherita Antona Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas image/svg+xml
  • Constantin Stephanidis Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas image/svg+xml

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4108/eai.3-10-2017.153154

Keywords:

Ambient Intelligence, Games, Serious games, Occupational Therapy, Interaction, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Touch based interaction, Virtual character simulation, Virtual assistant, Interactive tabletop surfaces, Pervasive computing

Abstract

Play is a voluntary activity in which individuals involve for pleasure. It is very important for children because through playing they learn to explore, develop and master physical and social skills. Play development is part of the child’s growth and maturation process since birth. As such, it is widely used in the context of Occupational Therapy (OT). Occupational therapists use activity analysis to shape play activities for therapeutic use and promote an environment where the child can approach various activities while playing. This paper builds on knowledge stemming from the processes and theories used in OT and activity analysis to present the design, implementation and deployment of a new version of the popular farm game as deployed within an Ambient Intelligence (AmI) simulation space. Within this space, an augmented interactive table and a three-dimensional avatar are employed to extend the purpose and objectives of the game, thus also expanding its applicability to the age group of preschool children from 3 to 6 years old. More importantly, through the environment, the game monitors and follows the progress of each young player, adapts accordingly and provides important information regarding the abilities and skills of the child and their development over time. The developed game was evaluated through a small scale study with children of the aforementioned age groups, their parents, and child care professionals. The outcomes of the evaluation were positive for all target groups and provided significant evidence regarding its potential to offer novel play experience to children, but also act as a valuable tool to child care professionals.

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Published

03-07-2017

How to Cite

1.
Zidianakis E, Stratigi K, Ioannidi D, Partarakis N, Antona M, Stephanidis C. Designing intelligent games adapting to children’s playing maturity. EAI Endorsed Trans Creat Tech [Internet]. 2017 Jul. 3 [cited 2024 Apr. 18];4(12):e1. Available from: https://publications.eai.eu/index.php/ct/article/view/1519