Thomas Beelen - UX portfolio

Enabling Kids to Control Robots

Assignment: To create a graphical interface to enable kids to control a small robot. The client is a researcher studying child robot interaction.

Team size: 3

Activities: Prototyping, user-centered design, user testing, research.

Explanation: First multiple GUI designs were made. In the first user testing sessions with kids, it was found a tablet interface was too complex for them. With permission of our client, we decided to completely re-think the interaction method. We came up with a type of interaction that is more intuitive: a physical representation of the robot, that can be moved around like a toy. The real robot mimics every move the kids show with the toy version. The physical prototype yielded better results.