TastyBeats: celebrating heart rate data with a drinkable spectacle

Rohit Ashok Khot, Jeewon Lee, Larissa Hjorth, Florian 'Floyd' Mueller

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Visualizing heart rate on screen has become popular to measure physical activity performance and progress towards set health goals. However, we believe that this prevalent method of visualizing data often reduces the interaction to only reading of information. In response, we propose a new way of visualizing heart rate data through a public interactive water fountain installation we call, TastyBeats. TastyBeats engages participants in a fluidic spectacle by creating a personalized sports drink representing their heart rate data while serving the additional purpose of replenishing lost energy during physical activity. We present findings and three design strategies from the three exhibitions of this work to inform designers interested in using drinkable fluids to support the physical activity experience. Ultimately, with our work we aim to expand our understanding of the potential of interactive technology to support the energy-cycle when being physically active.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
EditorsAlissa Antle, Ali Mazalek, Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333054
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventTangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction 2015 - Stanford, United States of America
Duration: 15 Jan 201519 Jan 2015
Conference number: 9th


ConferenceTangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction 2015
Abbreviated titleTEI 2015
CountryUnited States of America
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  • Biofeedback
  • Fluidic interfaces
  • Physical activity

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