Increasing the Awareness of Daily Activity Levels with Pervasive Computing

Maitland Julie, Sherwood Scott, Barkhuus Louise, Anderson Ian, Hall Malcolm, Brown Barry, Chalmers Matthew, Muller Henk

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Abstract

Public health promotion technology should be accessible to the general public at which it is aimed. This paper explores the potential for use of an unaugmented commodity technology—the mobile phone—as a health promotion tool. We describe a prototype application that tracks the daily exercise activities of people carrying phones, using fluctuation in signal strength to estimate a user’s movement. In a short-term study of the prototype that shared activity information amongst groups of friends, we found that awareness encouraged reflection on, and increased motivation for, daily activity. We describe some of the details of the pilot study, and conclude with our intended plans to develop the system further in order to carry out a longer-term clinical trial.
Translated title of the contributionIncreasing the Awareness of Daily Activity Levels with Pervasive Computing
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2006
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Conference Proceedings/Title of Journal: 1st International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2006
Other identifier: 2000613

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    Julie, M., Scott, S., Louise, B., Ian, A., Malcolm, H., Barry, B., Matthew, C., & Henk, M. (2006). Increasing the Awareness of Daily Activity Levels with Pervasive Computing. In 1st International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2006 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). http://www.cs.bris.ac.uk/Publications/pub_master.jsp?id=2000613