Capturing Entertainment Through Heart Rate Dynamics in the Playware Playground

  • Georgios N. Yannakakis
  • John Hallam
  • Henrik Hautop Lund
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4161)


This paper introduces a statistical approach for capturing enter-tainment in real-time through physiological signals within interactive playgrounds inspired by computer games. For this purpose children’s heart rate (HR) signals and judgement on entertainment are obtained from experiments on the innovative Playware playground. A comprehensive statistical analysis shows that children’s notion of entertainment correlates highly with their average HR during the game.


Computer Game Average Heart Rate Approximate Entropy Heart Rate Signal Minimum Heart Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgios N. Yannakakis
    • 1
  • John Hallam
    • 1
  • Henrik Hautop Lund
    • 1
  1. 1.Maersk Institute for Production TechnologyUniversity of SouthernDenmark

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