Jogging with a quadcopter

Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Matthew Muirhead

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Jogging is a popular exertion activity. The abundance of jogging apps suggests to us that joggers can appreciate the opportunity for technology to support the jogging experience. We want to take this investigation a step further by exploring if, and how, robotic systems can support the jogging experience. We designed and built a flying robotic system, a quadcopter, as a jogging companion and studied its use with 13 individual joggers. By analyzing their experiences, we derived three design dimensions that describe a design space for flying robotic jogging companions: Perceived Control, Focus and Bodily Interaction. Additionally, we articulate a series of design tactics, described by these dimensions, to guide the design of future systems. With this work we hope to inspire and guide designers interested in creating robotic systems to support exertion experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsKori Inkpen, Woontack Woo
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450331456
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2015 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South)
Duration: 18 Apr 201523 Apr 2015
Conference number: 33rd (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2015
Abbreviated titleCHI 2015
CountryKorea, Republic of (South)
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  • Exertion
  • Jogging
  • Movement-based play
  • Quadcopter
  • Robot
  • Running
  • Sports
  • Whole-body interaction

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