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Embracing calibration in body sensing: Using self- tweaking to enhance ownership and performance

Johnson, R; Bianchi-Berthouze, N; Rogers, Y; Van Der Linden, J; (2013) Embracing calibration in body sensing: Using self- tweaking to enhance ownership and performance. In: UbiComp 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing. (pp. 811 - 820).

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Abstract

Calibration is a necessary step in many sensor-based ubicomp applications to prepare a system for operation. Particularly when dealing with sensors for movement-based interaction calibration is required to individualize the system to the person's body. However, calibration is often viewed as a tedious necessity of a purely technical nature. In this paper we argue that calibration can be used as a valuable and informative step for users molding a technology for their own use. We explain this through two case studies that use body sensing technologies to teach physical skills. Our studies show that calibration can be used by teachers and pupils to set goals. We argue that demystifying calibration and designing to expose the intentions of the technology and its functioning can be beneficial for users, allowing them to shape technology to be in tune with their bodies rather than changing their body to fit the technology.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Embracing calibration in body sensing: Using self- tweaking to enhance ownership and performance
DOI:10.1145/2493432.2493457
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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