Designing PETS: a personal electronic teller of stories

TitleDesigning PETS: a personal electronic teller of stories
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsDruin A, Montemayor J, Hendler J, McAlister B, Boltman A, Fiterman E, Plaisant A, Kruskal A, Olsen H, Revett I, Schwenn T P, Sumida L, Wagner R
Conference NameProceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems: the CHI is the limit
Date Published1999///
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number0-201-48559-1
Keywordschildren, cooperative inquiry, design techniques, educational applications, intergenerational design team, PETS, ROBOTICS

We have begun the development of a new robotic pet that cansupport children in the storytelling process. Children can build
their own pet by snapping together the modular animal parts of the
PETS robot. After their pet is built, children can tell
stories using the My Pets software. These stories can
then be acted out by their robotic pet. This video paper describes
the motivation for this research and the design process of our
intergenerational design team in building the first PETS
prototypes. We will discuss our progress to date and our focus for
the future.