Playful UX for Elephants

French, Fiona; Mancini, Clara and Sharp, Helen (2016). Playful UX for Elephants. In: Proceedings of Measuring Behavior 2016: 10th International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research pp. 445–448.



This case study describes approaches to the challenge of designing interfaces for an elephant that enable her to control playful systems in her enclosure, for the purpose of enriching her environment. Our contribution to the symposium will showcase the progress of the enrichment toys and explain in detail how we have collected feedback during participatory design sessions with our play-tester Valli, a female Asian elephant. We have attempted to gain information about her enthusiasm for interacting with different systems and also establish how effectively she can use different interfaces by measuring her responses during the sessions.

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