A Personalized Sensor Support Tool for the Training of Mindful Walking

Pryss, Rüdiger and Reichert, Manfred and John, Dennis and Frank, Julian and Schlee, Winfried and Probst, Thomas (2018) A Personalized Sensor Support Tool for the Training of Mindful Walking. In: IEEE 15th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN 2018), 4-7 March 2018, Las Vegas.

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The exploitation of sensor features offered by present smart mobile devices is a trend that becomes increasingly important in various domains. In healthcare, for example, these sensors are used to cheaply gather valuable data for chronic disease management or health care. Regarding the latter, health insurers crave for effective methods that can be offered to their customers. Moreover, smart mobile devices provide many advantages compared to approaches hitherto applied in the aforementioned contexts as they can be easily used in everyday life. Thereby, when taking these advantages properly into account, new mobile application types become possible. Body sensor networks are such an application type that aim at monitoring users in vivo. Furthermore, data gathered with body sensor networks may be a valuable basis to provide user interventions. This paper presents an application that shall support users to walk mindfully. The motivation was to create a mobile tool that can make mindful walking more effective to reduce stress and to target noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes or depression. It is a mobile personalized tool that senses the walking speed and provides haptic feedback thereof. The mindful walking procedure, the technical prototype as well as preliminary study results are presented and discussed in this work. The reported user feedback and the study results indicate promising perspectives for a tool that supports a mindful walking behavior. Altogether, the use of smart mobile device sensors constitutes a promising instrument for realizing mobile applications in the context of health care and disease management.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: DBIS Research > Publications
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science > Institute of Databases and Informations Systems > DBIS Research and Teaching > DBIS Research > Publications
Depositing User: Ruediger Pryss
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 12:27
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 09:00
URI: http://dbis.eprints.uni-ulm.de/id/eprint/1601

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