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Heljakka, Katriina; Ihamäki, Pirita

Toys That Mobilize: Past, Present and Future of Phygital Playful Technology

In: Arai, Kohei; Kapoor, Supriya; Bhatia, Rahul (Ed.): Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2019. FTC 2019, pp. 625-640, Springer, 2019, ISBN: 978-3-030-32522-0.

In proceedings

Abstract | Links | Tags: Phygitals, Smart toys, Toy mobility, Toys

Mäyrä, Frans; Tyni, Heikki

Transmedial Playthings: Games, Toys and Playful Engagement in Storyworlds

In: Coelsch-Foisner, Sabine; Herzog, Christopher (Ed.): Transmedialisierung, pp. 413-430, Universitätsverlag Winter, 2019.

Book chapter Open access

Links | Tags: Playfulness, Toys, Transmedia

Heljakka, Katriina; Harviainen, J. Tuomas

From Displays and Dioramas to Doll Dramas

In: American Journal of Play, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 351–379, 2019, ISSN: 1938-0399.

Journal article Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Adult play, Adult toy play, Creativity, Object play, Object relations, Photoplay, Social media, Social play, Toys, World play, Worldbuilding


Heljakka, Katriina; Ihamäki, Pirita

Smart Toys for Game-based and Toy-based Learning: A Study of Toy Marketers', Preschool teachers' and Parents' Perspectives on Play

In: CENTRIC 2018 : The Eleventh International Conference on Advances in Human-oriented and Personalized Mechanisms, Technologies, and Services, pp. 48–57, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-61208-670-5.

In proceedings Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Game-based learning, Internet of toys, Preschool-children, Smart toys, Toys

Heljakka, Katriina

Disliked and Demonized Dollies: Pediophobia and Popular Toys of the Present

In: WiderScreen, vol. 21, no. 3, 2018, ISSN: 1795-6161.

Journal article Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Doll design, Dolls, Horror, Pediophobia, Toys, Uncanny

Heljakka, Katriina

Rethinking Adult Toy Play in the Age of Ludic Liberation: Imaginative, Visual and Social Object-Interactions of Mature Players

In: Proceedings of the 8th International Toy Research Association World Conference Toys and Material Culture: Hybridisation, Design and Consumption, International Toy Research Association, 2018.

Publication for professional or general audience Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Adult toy play, Mature players, Object play, Photoplay, Toys

Ihamäki, Pirita; Heljakka, Katriina

"Travel Bugs": Toys Traveling Socially through Geocaching

In: DiGRA ’18 – Abstract Proceedings of the 2018 DiGRA International Conference: The Game is the Message, 2018.

In proceedings Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Gamification, Geocaching, Social play, Toy mobility, Toy turism, Toys, Travel bugs

Heljakka, Katriina

Re-playing Legends’ Worlds: Toying with Star Wars’ Expanded Universe in Adult Play

In: Kinephanos, vol. 8, no. 1, 2018, ISSN: 1916-985X.

Journal article Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Adult toy play, Photoplay, Re-playing, Star Wars, Toys

Heljakka, Katriina; Harviainen, J. Tuomas; Suominen, Jaakko

Stigma Avoidance through Visual Contextualization: Adult Toy Play on Photo-sharing Social Media

In: New Media & Society, vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 2781–2799, 2018, ISSN: 1461-4448.

Journal article

Abstract | Links | Tags: Adult play, Photo-sharing sites, Photoplay, Stigma avoidance, Toys, Visual contextualization