Silke Brandsen is a PhD researcher in the Institute for Media Studies at KU Leuven in Belgium. Silke previously worked on the Internet of Toys project exploring the types of play that are engendered by internet enabled toys and the (de- and re-) domestication of internet-connected objects.
FeatureIntroduction This article reports on the emerging findings from a study undertaken as part of an international research collaboration (Australia, Belgium, Italy, UK; DP180103922) exploring the benefits and risks of the Internet of Toys (IoToys). IoToys builds upon technological innovations such as smartphone apps that remotely control home-based objects, and wearable technologies...Read more
ArticlesIntroduction Exploring the ways in which children merge education, play and connection in their digital device use, this article critiques the established definitions of the Internet of Things and the Internet of Toys and suggests an alternative. Using evidence emerging from The Internet of Toys: Benefits and Risks of Connected Toys for Children, we deconstruct these...Read more