Engaging Experience with Physical Activity Tracking Products

  • Armağan Kuru
  • Jodi Forlizzi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9186)


Many people use physical activity tracking products to gather personal behavioral data, make better decisions, and make changes to their behavior. While the proliferation of new products on the market makes collecting personal data easier, how to help people engage with these products over a long period of time remains an open question. To uncover which features of physical activity tracking products lead to engaging experience, we conducted a study with people who use physical activity tracking products to support or track behavior change. We conducted baseline interviews and had participants interact with either a BodyMedia armband or a FitBit activity tracker. Participants rated their experience with the product daily for a period of four weeks and reflected on their engagement at the end of the study. Through synthesis and analysis of the study findings, we draw out four characteristics for engaging experience in physical activity tracking product use: connectivity, curiosity, personalization, and motivation.


Design Experience User experience Interaction design engaging experience Physical activity tracking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial DesignTOBB University of Economy and TechnologyAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Human Computer Interaction InstituteCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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