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Advances in Human-Computer Interaction
Volume 2008, Article ID 341615, 8 pages
Research Article

BlogWall: Social and Cultural Interaction for Children

1Mixed Reality Lab, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119077
2Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan

Received 11 October 2007; Accepted 11 August 2008

Academic Editor: Junichi Osada

Copyright © 2008 Adrian David Cheok et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Short message service (SMS) is extremely popular today. Currently, it is being mainly used for peer-to-peer communication. However, SMS could be used as public media platform to enhance social and public interactions in an intuitive way. We have developed BlogWall to extend the SMS to a new level of self-expression and public communication by combining art and poetry. Furthermore, it will provide a means of expression in the language that children can understand, and the forms of social communication. BlogWall can also be used to educate the children while they interact and play with the system. The most notable feature of the system is its ability to mix up and generate poetry in multiple languages such as English, Korean, Chinese poems, or Japanese “Haiku” all based on the SMS. This system facilitates a cultural experience to children unknowingly, thus it is a step into new forms of cultural computing.