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Embedding Behavior Modification Strategies into a Consumer Electronic Device: A Case Study.

DOI: 10.1007/11853565_18 Conference: UbiComp 2006: Ubiquitous Computing, 8th International Conference, UbiComp 2006, Orange County, CA, USA, September 17-21, 2006
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ABSTRACT Ubiquitous computing technologies create new opportunities for pre- ventive healthcare researchers to deploy behavior modification strategies out- side of clinical settings. In this paper, we describe how strategies for motivating behavior change might be embedded within usage patterns of a typical elec- tronic device. This interaction model differs substantially from prior approaches to behavioral modification such as CD-ROMs: sensor-enabled technology can drive interventions that are timelier, tailored, subtle, and even fun. To explore these ideas, we developed a prototype system named ViTo. On one level, ViTo functions as a universal remote control for a home entertainment system. The interface of this device, however, is designed in such a way that it may unobtru- sively promote a reduction in the user's television viewing while encouraging an increase in the frequency and quantity of non-sedentary activities. The de- sign of ViTo demonstrates how a variety of behavioral science strategies for motivating behavior change can be carefully woven into the operation of a common consumer electronic device. Results of an exploratory evaluation of a single participant using the system in an instrumented home facility are pre- sented.

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