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Colors That Prompt You: A Persuasive Ambient Activity Display-RunDrawing

  • Author(s) / Creator(s)
  • Physical inactivity, a primary contributor to excess weight and obesity, has become an epidemic. In Canada, about one in four adults are clinically obese, most have a sedentary lifestyle. People want to be fit and healthy; however, the lifestyle they want to lead is often different than the one they actually lead. Using technologies to facilitate people changing their additive behaviors has been a trend for nearly a decade and is still very prevalent and shows promise. This thesis introduces an app, RunDrawing, which incorporates an ambient display technology to encourage individuals to participate in regular physical activity. RunDrawing was designed based on both behavioral and technology development theories as well as findings from research studies and design projects. To encourage physical activity, RunDrawing uses phone-based sensing technology that infers physical activity information in real-time, a mobile display that presents individuals’ behavior information and their goal attainment, and an interactive gallery where individuals can manually view, edit, and share their “running drawings”. Eleven design students and two patients with obesity were interviewed. Data was collected and analyzed to determine the perceived usability and usefulness. Suggestions for improving the concept are recommended and suggestions on future research are presented.

  • Date created
    2015-09-29
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  • Type of Item
    Research Material
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3BG2HB7M
  • License
    Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International