Ninja Track: Design of electronic toy variable in shape and flexibility

Yuichiro Katsumoto, Satoru Tokuhisa, Masa Inakage

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Abstract

In this paper, we introduce a design for an electronic toy that is variable in shape and flexibility by using a structural object called "Ninja Track," which is a belt-shaped object that consists of ABS parts hinged both longitudinally and transversely. When lying flat, Ninja Track is adequately flexible. When the user folds Ninja Track at the longitudinal hinges, it loses its flexibility and becomes a rigid stick. We have created two types of electronic toys as applications of this structure. During the toy prototyping process, we discovered five interactional considerations for Ninja Track. Whilst showing toys at public exhibitions over a period of two weeks, we discovered a few problems with Ninja Track, and we have implemented solutions to these problems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI 2013 - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction
Pages17-24
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May 3
Event7th ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2013 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2013 Feb 102013 Feb 13

Publication series

NameTEI 2013 - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction

Other

Other7th ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2013
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period13/2/1013/2/13

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Keywords

  • Flexible
  • Material computing
  • Organic user interface
  • TUI
  • Transform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction

Cite this

Katsumoto, Y., Tokuhisa, S., & Inakage, M. (2013). Ninja Track: Design of electronic toy variable in shape and flexibility. In TEI 2013 - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (pp. 17-24). (TEI 2013 - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction). https://doi.org/10.1145/2460625.2460628