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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Tew, Benjamin Montgomery
Author's Email Address wtew@vt.edu
URN etd-10012008-141241
Title Digital + Physical: Rethinking the Playground
Degree Master of Science
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Vernon, Mitzi Committee Chair
Ermann, Michael G. Committee Member
Goff, Richard M. Committee Member
Green, William R. Committee Member
Kemnitzer, Ronald B. Committee Member
  • children
  • playground
  • digital experiences
  • industrial design
Date of Defense 2008-09-08
Availability unrestricted
The increasing presence of digital play experiences has become an undeniable part of many children’s lives. These digital experiences have begun to rival traditional physical play. Even with the introduction of the Nintendo Wii digital and physical rarely cross paths. This masters thesis investigates the design of a play experience that embraces digital experience through the combination of handheld wireless technology and playground experiences. The combination of these elements aims to create a play experience that provides the physical and imaginative aspects of traditional play while utilizing the personal, communication, social, competitive, and graphical informational properties of wireless handheld devices. This thesis documents the research, conceptualization and final development of the Funky Bars and Whirly Bird playground pieces.
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