Using the Smartphone Accelerometer to Monitor Fall Risk while Playing a Game: The Design and Usability Evaluation of Dance! Don’t Fall

  • Paula Alexandra Silva
  • Francisco Nunes
  • Ana Vasconcelos
  • Maureen Kerwin
  • Ricardo Moutinho
  • Pedro Teixeira
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8027)


Falls are dangerous, and unfortunately common for older adults. Dance! Don’t Fall is a game that assesses the quality of the user’s locomotion based on data from the accelerometer of a smartphone. By providing a form of exercise, the game may actually reduce fall risk as well as monitoring it. In this paper, we document the development of the prototype and a usability study with ten seniors that suggested the game is well suited to its primary users.


Fall risk assessment older adults mobile applications physical activity dance games 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paula Alexandra Silva
    • 1
    • 2
  • Francisco Nunes
    • 1
    • 3
  • Ana Vasconcelos
    • 1
  • Maureen Kerwin
    • 1
  • Ricardo Moutinho
    • 1
  • Pedro Teixeira
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Portugal – AICOSPortoPortugal
  2. 2.University of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  3. 3.Vienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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