FitBirds: Designing Heart Rate Feedback for Playful and Social Physical Education

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Participating in physical activity at a moderate-and-vigorous-intensity-level is recommended for teenagers to advance in health benefits. However, due to the fitness differences, the amount of physical activity to reach the recommended intensity varies among teenagers. Therefore, tailoring the physical intensity of each teenager's fitness level is meaningful in physical education. In this paper, we present FitBirds, a multiplayer fitness game to encourage teenagers in physical activity at a recommended intensity level, which is calibrated by their real-time heart rate. The FitBirds game leverages both competition and cooperation game mechanics to enhance teenagers’ playful experiences and social engagement, which could further contribute to their physically active participation in the physical education context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationShaping Experiences, Shaping Society
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375795
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


  • Feedback
  • Heart rate
  • Physical education
  • Teenagers

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