Persuasive wearable technology design for health and wellness

Swamy Ananthanarayan, Katie A. Siek

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Given the world's obesity epidemic and battle with chronic illness, there is a growing body of research that suggests that a moderate physical lifestyle has significant impact on psychological and physical health. Wearable computing has the potential to encourage physical activity by increasing health awareness and persuading change through just-in-time feedback. This form of technology could help individuals manage lifestyle related factors and implement healthy routines. In this paper, we explore the benefits and tradeoffs of current wearable health technologies along with the persuasion methods employed by their designers to motivate healthy behavior change. We also discuss the challenges and limitations of implementing wearable technologies and suggest possible improvements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare and Workshops, PervasiveHealth 2012
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781936968435
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2012 - San Diego, United States of America
Duration: 21 May 201224 May 2012
Conference number: 6th (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2012
Abbreviated titlePervasiveHealth 2012
CountryUnited States of America
CitySan Diego
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