Health sense: a gedanken experiment on persuasive wearable technology for health awareness

Swamy Ananthanarayan, Katie A. Siek

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In this paper, we introduce a gedanken experiment for increasing health awareness in children through wearable computing. The proposed system, Health Sense, seeks to create a sixth health sense through wearable computing components that unobtrusively sense and ambiently present wellness information in intuitive and holistic ways to children. The novelty of this experiment lies in providing an ecosystem of plug-and-play wearable components that is geared towards health education and child empowerment through a "you build it" approach. Health Sense is informed by findings from prior research in wearable systems and a literature analysis of health behavior and children's education theories. We illustrate the Health Sense design by discussing some preliminary prototypes we developed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIHI'10 - Proceedings of the 1st ACM International Health Informatics Symposium
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781450300308
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventACM International Health Informatics Symposium 2010 - Arlington, United States of America
Duration: 11 Nov 201012 Nov 2010
Conference number: 1st


ConferenceACM International Health Informatics Symposium 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America


  • childhood obesity
  • health awareness
  • persuasive technology
  • ubiquitous computing
  • wearable technology

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