Exploring public wearable display of wellness tracker data

Ashley Colley (Corresponding author), Bastian Pfleging, Florian Alt, Jonna Häkkilä

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We investigate wearable presentation of tracked wellness data, and people's perceptions and motivations for sharing it through a wearable display. Whilst online sharing is a common feature in wellness tracking solutions, the motivations and experiences of users to share tracked data in situ has not been widely studied. We created two functional prototypes – the hat tracker and the tracker badge – which we used as probes in two focus groups to elicit opinions on the content and format of wearable tracker displays. Complementing this, a study where participants used the hat tracker prototype in public locations provides insights on sharing in everyday life use contexts. We report that users appreciate the motivating nature of such displays, but favor the display of positive information. Leveraging prior work, we present a model describing the factors affecting users’ willingness to share tracked data via wearable displays, and highlight such displays’ potential for supporting behavior change.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102408
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Human-Computer Studies
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


This research has been partly supported by the Academy of Finland, TechFashion project and it was partially supported by the European Unions Horizon 2020 Programme under ERCEA grant no. 683008 AMPLIFY.

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European Union 's Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme683008
Academy of Finland


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