Outdoor play is an important activity in young children's lives which should be encouraged. Cultural and social demographic data inform of decreasing numbers of children and shortage of playgrounds around urban areas. Technological advancements such as television and computer games have influenced children's recreational activities so that they prefer to play indoors rather than outdoors. In order to motivate children to play outside we propose a technologically supported play tool titled 'SoundTag'. This is a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based wearable system that uses interactive sound feedback. 'SoundTag' is designed especially for preschool children. In this paper, we detail the concept of the system and related design theory. A pilot experiment is reported where we observed the system in use. Evaluation was of playfulness of the system as well as its impact on improving children's physical activity.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
- Computational Theory and Mathematics