Towards the crafting of personal health technologies

Swamy Ananthanarayan, Nathan Lapinski, Katie A. Siek, Michael Eisenberg

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

22 Citations (Scopus)


We introduce a novel approach that merges craft and health technologies to empower people to design and build their own personal health visualizations. In this mutually beneficial union, health technologies can be more meaningful to an individual and encourage higher appropriation, while craft technologies can explore interesting problems in a challenging domain. In this paper, we offer a framework for designing health-craft systems and showcase a system that provides users with the ability to craft their own personalized wearable device. The device tracks their outdoor exposure and visualizes their weekly progress on an ambient tree painting. Finally, we report on a pilot study using this personalized feedback system. Our main contribution is the new lens through which designers can approach health and craft technologies that enhances health management with personal expressiveness and customization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
EditorsShaowen Bardzell, Carman Neustaedter, Eric Paulos
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450329026
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventDesigning Interactive Systems 2014 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Jun 201425 Jun 2014


ConferenceDesigning Interactive Systems 2014
Abbreviated titleDIS 2014
Internet address


  • Craft technology
  • Personal health
  • Wearable computing

Cite this