This paper presents a study conducted to observe motivations for playful interaction of children with the prototype version of the robotic toy Ixi-play. Fourteen children from two age groups (4--5 and 8--9 year-olds) participated in the study. The features of the robotic toy that intrinsically motivate children for interaction were identified through qualitative analysis. The types of child-robotic toy interaction were revealed as: physical interaction, facial expressions, verbal communication, and visual engagement. Four factors were identified as affecting children's intrinsic motivation for an engaged interaction with robotic toys: i) evolving needs and abilities of children, ii) ease of bonding, iii) playfulness, and iv) clarity of responses and multiple feedback.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIDC'18
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computer Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5152-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventIDC 2018: The 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children - Trondheim, Norway
Duration: 19 Jun 201822 Jun 2018


ConferenceIDC 2018
Abbreviated titleIDC'18

    Research areas

  • Child-robotic toy interaction, robotic toy, participant observation, intrinsic motivation

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