Furekit: Wearable Tactile Music Toolkit for Children with ASD

Di Qi, Mina Shibasaki, Youichi Kamiyama, Sakiko Tanaka, Bunsuke Kawasaki, Chisa Mitsuhashi, Yun Suen Pai, Kouta Minamizawa

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Abstract

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face the challenge of social interaction and communication, leading to them often requiring significant support from others in their daily lives. This includes challenges like basic communication to convey their emotions to comprehension in early education. To aid with their early development, we propose Furekit, a wearable toolkit that encourages physical interaction via audio and tactile stimuli. Furekit can be attached to various parts of the body, can be operated wirelessly, and is equipped with both a speaker and a vibrotactile actuator. The audio and tactile stimuli are triggered when touched via a conductive pad on the surface, aiming to aid these children’s learning and social experience. From our conducted workshop with children with ASD, we found that Furekit was well-received and was able to encourage their spontaneous physical movement. In the workshop, Furekit shows its potential as an educational and communication tool for children with ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHaptics
Subtitle of host publicationScience, Technology, Applications - 13th International Conference on Human Haptic Sensing and Touch Enabled Computer Applications, EuroHaptics 2022, Proceedings
EditorsHasti Seifi, Astrid M. Kappers, Oliver Schneider, Knut Drewing, Claudio Pacchierotti, Alireza Abbasimoshaei, Gijs Huisman, Thorsten A. Kern
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages310-318
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783031062483
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event13th International Conference on Human Haptic Sensing and Touch Enabled Computer Applications, EuroHaptics 2022 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 2022 May 222022 May 25

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13235 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Human Haptic Sensing and Touch Enabled Computer Applications, EuroHaptics 2022
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityHamburg
Period22/5/2222/5/25

Keywords

  • Assistive learning
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Haptic interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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