Chibitronics in the Wild: Engaging New Communities in Creating Technology with Paper Electronics
Author(s)Qi, Jie; Buechley, Leah; Huang, Andrew "bunnie"; Ng, Patricia; Cross, Sean; Paradiso, Joseph A; ... Show more Show less
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We share a study on the public adoption the Chibitronics circuit sticker toolkit, an open source, commercially available hardware toolkit for learning and creating electronics on paper. We examine sales data over a twoand-a-half-year period from November 2013, when the kit was launched commercially, to June 2016. We also look at publicly available project documentation from users during this period. We find that the Chibitronics user community confounds norms for traditional technology-making communities, especially in gender demographics. We explore the artifacts and types of documentation produced by users to learn about the various backgrounds, values, and goals of subcommunities, which includes educators, Makers, and crafters. In particular, we focus on artifacts from the craft community as a surprising and distinctive subset of technology creators. The diversity in public engagement shows how paper electronics tools like Chibitronics can be an effective approach for engaging new and broader audiences to participate in technology creation.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Media Laboratory
Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Qi, Jie et al. "Chibitronics in the Wild: Engaging New Communities in Creating Technology with Paper Electronics." Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 2018, Montreal, Canada, ACM Press, April 2018. © 2018 Association for Computing Machinery
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