HandiMate: Exploring a Modular Robotics Kit for Animating Crafted Toys
HandiMate is a robotics kit which enables users to construct and animate their toys using everyday craft materials. The kit contains eight joint modules, a tablet interface and a glove controller. Unlike popular kits, HandiMate does not rely on manufactured parts to construct the toy. Rather this open ended platform engages users to pursue interest driven activities using everyday objects, such as cardboard, construction paper, and spoons. These crafted parts are then fastened together using Velcro to the joint modules and animated using the glove as the controller. In this paper, we discuss the results from two user studies which were designed to understand the affinity of HandiMate among children.
HandiMate: exploring a modular robotics kit for animating crafted toys