Investigating a DTV-based physical activity application to facilitate wellbeing in older adults

Alex Carmichael, Mark Rice, Freya MacMillan, Alison Kirk

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Abstract

This paper describes a study that examined the usability and acceptability of a physical exercise application using the digital television platform for older adults. A key aim of this study was to obtain feedback from representative older users to inform further development of this application. Other key outcomes were to measure physical exertion objectively and subjectively whilst using this application and to investigate potential acute effects of the session on cognitive function and mood. The results indicated that the settings used for the current exercises did not produce physical exertion at a high enough intensity to have significant health benefits, although a positive impact on mood was found. Subjective feedback identified a number of issues regarding various application features and possible adaptations for the future design and development of this application, including the use of gesture based user-control and the potential importance of monitoring user heart-rate to set exercise parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeople and Computers XXIV Games are a Serious Business
Subtitle of host publicationBCS '10 Proceedings of the 24th BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference
EditorsTom McEwan, Lachlan M. McKinnon
Place of PublicationSwinton
PublisherBritish Computer Society
Pages278-288
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781780171302
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2010
Event24th BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference on People and Computers - University of Abertay, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sep 201010 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameElectronic Workshops in Computing
PublisherBritish Computer Society
ISSN (Print)1477-9358

Conference

Conference24th BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference on People and Computers
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityDundee
Period6/09/1010/09/10

Keywords

  • adults
  • physical exercise
  • DTV
  • gesture control
  • Wii mote
  • digital television platform
  • cognitive function
  • mood

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    Carmichael, A., Rice, M., MacMillan, F., & Kirk, A. (2010). Investigating a DTV-based physical activity application to facilitate wellbeing in older adults. In T. McEwan, & L. M. McKinnon (Eds.), People and Computers XXIV Games are a Serious Business: BCS '10 Proceedings of the 24th BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference (pp. 278-288). (Electronic Workshops in Computing). Swinton: British Computer Society.