Tracking Outdoor Sports – User Experience Perspective

  • Aino Ahtinen
  • Minna Isomursu
  • Ykä Huhtala
  • Jussi Kaasinen
  • Jukka Salminen
  • Jonna Häkkilä
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5355)


In this paper, the potential role of a sport tracking application is examined in the context of supporting tracking outdoor sporting activities. A user study with 28 participants was conducted to study the usage habits and user experiences evoked. The application consists of a mobile tracking tool and a related web service. It collects and stores workout data such as the route, speed and time, and compiles a training diary that can be viewed in many ways during the exercise and afterwards. Data can be uploaded into a web service for further analysis or for sharing it with others. The results show high interest in tracking outdoor sports with a mobile phone application – the participants used the application during almost all exercise sessions and stated that they would continue using the application after the study. Sharing data was not perceived as valuable, although some usage scenarios for social sharing arose.


Sports tracking GPS user experience mobile application web service 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aino Ahtinen
    • 1
  • Minna Isomursu
    • 2
  • Ykä Huhtala
    • 1
  • Jussi Kaasinen
    • 1
  • Jukka Salminen
    • 1
  • Jonna Häkkilä
    • 1
  1. 1.Nokia Research CenterHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.VTTOuluFinland

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