TastyBeats: designing palatable representations of physical activity

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

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In this paper, we introduce palatable representations that besides improving the understanding of physical activity through abstract visualization also provide an appetizing drink to celebrate the experience of being physically active. By designing such palatable representations, our aim is to offer novel opportunities for reflection on one's physical activities. We present TastyBeats, a fountain-based interactive system that creates a fluidic spectacle of mixing sport drinks based on heart rate data of physical activity, which the user can later consume to replenish the loss of body fluids due to the physical activity. We articulate our experiences in designing the system as well as learning gained through field deployments of the system in participants' homes for a period of two weeks. We found that our system increased participants' awareness of physical activity and facilitated a shared social experience, while the prepared drink was treated as a hedonic reward that motivated participants to exercise more. Ultimately, with this work, we aim to inspire and guide design thinking on palatable representations, which we believe opens up new interaction possibilities to support physical activity experience.

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, South
Duration: 18 Apr 201523 Apr 2015
Conference number: 33rd
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/2702123 (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2015
Abbreviated titleCHI 2015
Country/TerritoryKorea, South
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  • Fluidic interfaces
  • Human-food interaction (HFI)
  • Palatable representation
  • Personal informatics
  • Physical activity
  • Quantified self

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