toys of tomorrow
Tamara Lackner, Kelly Dobson, Roy Rodenstein, Luke Weisman
Traditional jigsaw puzzles provide
interesting visual stimulation, but hold diminished rewards for
visually impaired users. We have built a puzzle whose pieces play
portions of music and include a tangible topology representing
their contents, giving auditory and tactile feedback about the
pieces role in the puzzle's overall solution. In addition
to providing entertainment, the puzzle pieces support learning
about music, experimentation, and social, collaborative construction.
By employing multiple senses hearing, touch, vision
our sensory puzzle provides a rich interaction, play and learning
space accessible to individuals with various sensory abilities.
Lackner, T.M., Dobson, K., Rodenstein,
R., & Weisman, L. (1999). Sensory Puzzles. In CHI 99 Extended
Abstracts (pp.270-271). New York: ACM Press.