EVE : a combined physical-digital interface for insomnia sleep diary

L. Tao, M.E. Thoolen, B.W. de Vogel, L.M.G. Feijs, W. Chen, J. Hu

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Insomnia is a medical condition with high prevalence and negative impact on quality of life. As a part of various therapies, sleep diaries are used as a tool for diagnosis and patient self-management. Traditional diaries are essentially paper forms, which are cumbersome, error-prone and time-consuming. Application (app) based diaries have been proposed, but they are screen based and have their disadvantages. We report on the design of EVE, an alternative type of sleep diary. The design is based on a combined physical-digital interface. Three prototypes have been built, and two of which (PINS and RING DIAL) have been tested in a preliminary user test. PINS came out on top in the subjective preference survey between two of the prototypes. Participants perceived both prototypes as enjoyable and easy ways to log essential sleep time. Our design suggests this combined interface has the potential to promote patients to provide reliable insomnia sleep diaries
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Systems and Applications
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys)
EditorsK. Arai, S. Kapoor, R. Bhatia
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030010577
ISBN (Print)9783030010560
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2018 Intelligent Systems Conference, IntelliSys 2018 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sep 20187 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5357


Conference2018 Intelligent Systems Conference, IntelliSys 2018
Abbreviated titleIntelliSys 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Insomnia
  • Interaction evaluation
  • Interface design


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