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Exploring the Design Space for Body Transformation Wearables to Support Physical Activity through Sensitizing and Bodystorming

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Ley-Flores, J; Valdiviezo-Hernández, O; Singh, A; Sánchez-Martin, M; Díaz Duran, J; Márquez Segura, E; (2022) Exploring the Design Space for Body Transformation Wearables to Support Physical Activity through Sensitizing and Bodystorming. In: MOCO '22: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Movement and Computing. (pp. pp. 1-9). ACM Green open access

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Abstract

Negative or disturbed body perceptions are often interwoven with people's physical inactivity. While wearables can support body perception changes (body transformation), the design space of body transformation wearables supporting physical activity remains narrow. To expand this design space, we conducted an embodied co-design workshop with users. Using conceptual and tangible sensitizing tools, we explored/reflected on bodily sensations at three moments of movement execution (before/during/after). Conceptual tools were used to evoke/reflect/capture past lived experiences, while tangible tools were used as ideation probes for sensory bodystorming. Two design concepts emerged, reflecting diverging approaches to body transformation wearables: one focused on reminders and movement correction; the other on sensory augmentation and facilitation. We reflect on how each facilitates useful representations of body sensations during movement, and present methodological recommendations for designing technology for sensory augmentation in this area. Finally, we propose a preliminary prototype based on our design concepts and discuss future steps.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Exploring the Design Space for Body Transformation Wearables to Support Physical Activity through Sensitizing and Bodystorming
Event: MOCO '22: 8th International Conference on Movement and Computing
ISBN-13: 978-1-4503-8716-3
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3537972.3538001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3537972.3538001
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Bodystorming, Embodied Design Methods, Probes, Technology Probes, Wearables, Interactive Systems Design, Sound, Haptics, Body Movement, Physical Activity, Psychological Factors, Self-Care Technology Design, Self-tracking, Body-Perception, Body Awareness, Embodied Cognition, Health
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10153283
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