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Title: Kinetic and physiological interactions with mobile phones
Author: Garcia Wylie , Carlos M.
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2012
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It is well accepted that the increasing sedentary lifestyle are helping fuel the dramatic rise of health related problems whilst having a negative impact on the economy, requiring new ways by which to promote and educate with regards to the need and benefits of participating in both short and long term physical activities. The increasing ubiquity and sensor enhancement of mobile devices and phones in particular provide the necessary technology for these purposes. The work presented in this thesis discusses persuasion and the suitability of technology in particular mobile phones to influence behaviour focusing on the use of sensors for this purpose. Mobile exercise monitoring is discussed along with the benefits of including kinetic and physiological sensors in such activities, demonstrated via a mobile persuasive health application utilizing heart rate to assess, record, and monitor fitness levels through built-in cardio-respiratory tests together with location tracking for heart rate analysis over time and location. Video games and in particular 'exergaming' to promote heath is then discussed, presenting a mobile exergame implementing kinetic enabled control mechanisms requiring a degree of physical interaction and heart rate to trigger in-game predefined actions. To conclude the use of a low-cost EEG headset in the area of 'biometric gaming' is presented introducing a mobile biometric game utilizing EEG inputs to trigger in-game conditions discussing the reliability and efficiency of such technology at interpreting such values and the relative impact on gaming, and it possible use in cognitive monitoring. These projects demonstrate the potential of using physiological and kinetic sensors in conjunction with mobile phones to deliver and promote physical activity, structured and/or opportunistic, to change attitudes and participation on daily physical activities using the data obtained from such sensors along with techniques of persuasion to further validate as well as reinforce the reasons behind doing so.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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