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Designing Internet of Tangible Things for Children with Hearing Impairment

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Escuela de Ingeniería Informática, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, Valparaíso 2340000, Chile
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Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de San Buenaventura de Cali, Cali 760032, Colombia
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Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad del Cauca, Popayán 190002, Colombia
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Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Aragón (IIS Aragón), Universidad de Zaragoza, 44003 Teruel, Spain
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Information 2020, 11(2), 70; https://doi.org/10.3390/info11020070
Received: 30 December 2019 / Revised: 24 January 2020 / Accepted: 26 January 2020 / Published: 28 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue UX for Children with Special Needs: Design, Interaction and Learning)
Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs) are a new, non-traditional way to interact with digital information using a physical environment. Therefore, TUIs connect a physical set of objects that can be explored and manipulated. TUI can be interconnected over the Internet, using Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor a child’s activities in real-time. Internet of Tangible Things (IoTT) is defined as a tangible interaction applied to IoT. This article describes four case studies that apply IoTT to children with cochlear implants and children whose communication is sign language. For each case study, a discussion is presented, discussing how IoTT can help the child development in skills such as: social, emotional, psychomotor, cognitive, and visual. It was found that IoTT works best when it includes the social component in children with hearing impairment, because it helps them to communicate with each other and build social-emotional skills. View Full-Text
Keywords: tangible user interfaces; internet of tangibles things; children with hearing impairment tangible user interfaces; internet of tangibles things; children with hearing impairment
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Cano, S.; Peñeñory, V.; Collazos, C.A.; Albiol-Pérez, S. Designing Internet of Tangible Things for Children with Hearing Impairment. Information 2020, 11, 70. https://doi.org/10.3390/info11020070

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Cano S, Peñeñory V, Collazos CA, Albiol-Pérez S. Designing Internet of Tangible Things for Children with Hearing Impairment. Information. 2020; 11(2):70. https://doi.org/10.3390/info11020070

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Cano, Sandra; Peñeñory, Victor; Collazos, César A.; Albiol-Pérez, Sergio. 2020. "Designing Internet of Tangible Things for Children with Hearing Impairment" Information 11, no. 2: 70. https://doi.org/10.3390/info11020070

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