Pass the Ball: Enforced Turn-Taking in Activity Tracking

Rooksby, J., Rost, M., Morrison, A. and Chalmers, M. (2015) Pass the Ball: Enforced Turn-Taking in Activity Tracking. In: CHI 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 18-23 Apr 2015, pp. 2417-2426. ISBN 9781450331456 (doi:10.1145/2702123.2702577)

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Abstract

We have developed a mobile application called Pass The Ball that enables users to track, reflect on, and discuss physical activity with others. We followed an iterative design process, trialling a first version of the app with 20 people and a second version with 31. The trials were conducted in the wild, on users' own devices. The second version of the app enforced a turn-taking system that meant only one member of a group of users could track their activity at any one time. This constrained tracking at the individual level, but more successfully led users to communicate and interact with each other. We discuss the second trial with reference to two concepts: social-relatedness and individual-competence. We discuss six key lessons from the trial, and identify two high-level design implications: attend to "practices" of tracking; and look within and beyond "collaboration" and "competition" in the design of activity trackers.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chalmers, Professor Matthew and Rost, Dr Mattias and Morrison, Dr Alistair and Rooksby, Dr John
Authors: Rooksby, J., Rost, M., Morrison, A., and Chalmers, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
ISBN:9781450331456
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 ACM
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
566711A population approach to ubicomp system designMatthew ChalmersEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/J007617/1COM - COMPUTING SCIENCE