Our research aims at helping children with intellectual disability (ID) to "learn through play" by interacting with digitally enriched physical toys. Inspired by the practice of Dolphin Therapy (a special form of Pet Therapy) and, specifically, by the activities that ID children perform at Dolphinariums, we have developed a "smart" stuffed dolphin called SAM that engages children in a variety of play tasks. SAM emits different stimuli (sound, vibration, and light) with its body in response to children's manipulation. Its behavior is integrated with lights and multimedia animations or video displayed in the ambient and can be customized by therapists to address the specific needs of each child.

Dolphin sam: A smart pet for children with intellectual disability

COLOMBO, SIMONE;Garzotto, Franca;Gelsomini, Mirko;MELLI, MATTIA;Clasadonte, Francesco
2016

Abstract

Our research aims at helping children with intellectual disability (ID) to "learn through play" by interacting with digitally enriched physical toys. Inspired by the practice of Dolphin Therapy (a special form of Pet Therapy) and, specifically, by the activities that ID children perform at Dolphinariums, we have developed a "smart" stuffed dolphin called SAM that engages children in a variety of play tasks. SAM emits different stimuli (sound, vibration, and light) with its body in response to children's manipulation. Its behavior is integrated with lights and multimedia animations or video displayed in the ambient and can be customized by therapists to address the specific needs of each child.
Proceedings of the Workshop on Advanced Visual Interfaces AVI
9781450341318
Arduino; Autism; Children; Intellectual disability; Pet therapy; Smart object; Software; Human-Computer Interaction
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