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URN etd-0909116-133918 Statistics This thesis had been viewed 546 times. Download 63 times. Author Tung-Hsun Chen Author's Email Address No Public. Department Industrial Design Year 2015 Semester 2 Degree Master Type of Document Master's Thesis Language zh-TW.Big5 Chinese Page Count 88 Title Exploring the Shaft Shape and Physical Interface of Children's Electronic Drawing Pen Keyword ePen Style of Pen Shaft Physical Interface Physical Interface Style of Pen Shaft ePen Abstract Drawing is an inborn ability of children while interactive drawing not only boosts the learning effectiveness in children but also enhances the incentive for self-directed learning. In light of the increase of relevant interactive learning products, few products have been developed to meet the requirement for use by children. In the example of children’s ePen, the style and functional buttons allocation are the key factors affecting the use by children. Such factors will be meet the pen-holding habits of children and thereby help them more with drawing and learning. Hence the study is implemented in two stages which will explore into the ePen suitable for holding by children. The first stage probes into the holding fitness of the shaft of ePen and the second stage analyzes the allocation of all function buttons of ePen according to the hand-holding motions of children. The analysis of the first stage includes two experiments, where six children are invited to make drawing in Experiment 1 and are observed for the conversion of hand motions when using three different kinds of pen shafts in the market. In Experiment 2, 117 children are invited to use the ePen consisting of three different styles of pen shafts made from 3D printer, who sort the holding fitness according to the determination before making the drawings. The analysis of the second stage also includes two experiments. In Experiment 1, 30 children are invited to determine the suitable location for all function buttons according to the button function of ePen, followed by discussing the results of allocation for all function buttons in Experiment 1 using focus group method as the reference for producing ePen sample in Experiment 2. In Experiment 2, 106 children are invited to confirm the pairing of function buttons and locations. Finally, the study proposes the ePen prototype that meets the requirement for holding by children.
The research findings show the follows: (1) The shaft style in current drawing pen market mostly consists of round shape.Drawing pen with round-shaped shaft conform to the habit of holding more. (2) The process of children holding the drawing pen is somewhat affected by the different style of shafts. Children will need to change hand motion multiple times when drawing with square-shaped drawing pen, followed by triangular shaft. Children will least likely change hand motions when using drawing pen with round-shaped shaft. (3)The on/off buttons of ePen are allocated on the end of the ePen, the buttons for color absorption and color release are allocated on the finger-holding area, implying the color function is allocated on the top of ePen. (4) Based on the research results of the two stages, the study proposes the principles of ePen design that meets the requirement of holding by children in addition to completing the 3D prototype of ePen.
Advisor Committee Pei-Jung Cheng - advisor
Li-Chieh Chen - co-chair
Nan-ching Tai - co-chair
Files Date of Defense 2015-07-15 Date of Submission 2016-09-09