Understanding the design of a flying jogging companion

Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Matthew Muirhead

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Jogging can offer many health benefits, and mobile phone apps have recently emerged that aim to support the jogging experience. We believe that jogging is an embodied experience, and therefore present a contrasting approach to these existing systems by arguing that any supporting technology should also take on an embodied approach. In order to exemplify this approach, we detail the technical specifications of a flying quadcopter that has successfully been used with joggers in order to explore the design of embodied systems to support physical exertion activities. Based on interviews with five joggers running with our system, we present preliminary insights about the experience of jogging with a flying robot. With our work, we hope to inspire and guide designers who are interested in developing embodied systems to support exertion activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST'14 - Adjunct Publication of the 27th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
EditorsMira Dontcheva, Daniel Wigdor
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330688
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2014 - Honolulu, United States of America
Duration: 5 Oct 20148 Oct 2014
Conference number: 27th
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/2642918 (Main Proceedings)
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/2658779 (Adjunct Proceedings)


ConferenceACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2014
Abbreviated titleUIST 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • Drone
  • Exergames
  • Exertion
  • Jogging
  • Multirotor
  • Quadcopter
  • Robot
  • Running
  • Sports
  • Whole-body interaction

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