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Topobo: a constructive assembly system with kinetic memory

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Topobo: a constructive assembly system with kinetic memory
We introduce Topobo, a 3D constructive assembly system embedded with kinetic memory, the ability to record and playback physical motion. Unique among modeling systems is Topoboʼs coincident physical input and output behaviors. By snapping together a combination of Passive (static) and Active (motorized) components, people can quickly assemble dynamic biomorphic forms like animals and skeletons with Topobo, animate those forms by pushing, pulling, and twisting them, and observe the system repeatedly play back those motions. For example, a dog can be constructed and then taught to gesture and walk by twisting its body and legs. The dog will then repeat those movements and walk repeatedly. Our evaluation of Topobo in classrooms with children ages 5-13 suggests that children develop affective relationships with Topobo creations and that their experimentation with Topobo allows them to learn about movement and animal locomotion through comparisons of their creations to their own bodies. E...
Hayes Raffle, Amanda J. Parkes, Hiroshi Ishii
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Type Conference
Year 2004
Where CHI
Authors Hayes Raffle, Amanda J. Parkes, Hiroshi Ishii
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