Title: The Unlikeability of a Cuddly Toy Interface: An Experimental Study of Preschoolers' Likeability and Usability of a 3D Game Played with a Cuddly Toy Versus a Keyboard
Authors: Vanden Abeele, Vero
Zaman, Bieke
Vanden Abeele, Mariek
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Springer-verlag berlin
Host Document: Fun and games, proceedings vol:5294 pages:118-131
Series Title: Lecture notes in computer science
Conference: International Conference on Fun and Games edition:2 location:Eindhoven date:Oct 20-21, 2008
Abstract: We report on a comparative study of the likeability and usability of a cuddly toy inter-face versus a keyboard interface. We put 35 preschoolers to the test and asked them to play a 3D game via a keyboard and via a cuddly toy interface. Afterwards the usability (user-friendliness) and the likeability (joy-of-use) of both interfaces were assessed. Our results indicate that the cuddly toy interface was neither more likeable nor more usable than the keyboard interface. Based on additional qualitative data, we argument that the causes might be fatigue, a lack of meaningful use of gestures, and the occurrence of 'satisficing'.
ISBN: 978-3-540-88321-0
ISSN: 0302-9743
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Leuven School for Mass Communication Research
Institute for Media Studies
Technologiecluster Computerwetenschappen
Computer Science Technology TC, Campus Group T Leuven

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