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Title: Indigenous african artefacts: Can they serve as tangible programming objects?
Authors: Smith, AC
Kotze, P
Keywords: Tangible programming
Computer interaction
African artefacts
Interaction design
Computing systems
IST-Africa 2010
Issue Date: May-2010
Publisher: The authors
Citation: Smith, AC and Kotze, P. 2010. Indigenous african artefacts: Can they serve as tangible programming objects?. IST-Africa 2010 Conference Proceedings. 19-21 May 2010, Durban, pp 11
Abstract: In this paper the authors are interested in determining if there is indeed an opportunity to use existing traditional African artefacts as tangible programming elements in computing systems. Research to date has focussed on the design of new artefacts for use in tangible environments. These artefacts are based on Western perceptions. Prior research has also shown that, when introducing new concepts to a developing region, as much of the local content as possible should be incorporated into the new technology. It would therefore be prudent to investigate which dimensions of African artefacts can be exploited when developing tangible interfaces for rural Africa. In this paper the authors report on the results of a preliminary literature review aimed at identifying possible usable aspects of African artefacts as they pertain to tangible programming environments. A proposed tangible programming environment is given.
Description: IST-Africa 2010 Conference Proceedings. 19-21 May 2010, Durban
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/4067
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