UbiFit

Investigating how a ubiquitous, persuasive technology system can encourage individuals to incorporate regular and varied physical activity into their everyday lives.

(In collaboration with Intel Labs Seattle)

UbiFit is a mobile, persuasive technology that we developed to encourage individuals to self-monitor their physical activity and incorporate regular and varied activity into everyday life. It consists of three main components: (1) a glanceable display, (2) an interactive application, and (3) a fitness device. The glanceable display uses a stylized, aesthetic representation of physical activities and goal attainment (e.g., a garden) to keep the individual focused on the act of self-monitoring and her commitment to fitness. It resides on the background screen of the individual's mobile phone to provide a subtle reminder whenever and wherever the phone is used. The interactive application, which also resides on the mobile phone, includes detailed information about the individual's physical activities and a journal in which activities can be added, edited, and deleted. Finally, the fitness device (currently a separate device worn on the waistband above the hip like a pedometer), automatically infers and transmits information about several types of activities -- walking, running, cycling, use of the elliptical trainer, and use of the stair machine -- to the glanceable display and interactive application.

UbiFit was evaluated with a survey involving respondents from 13 states across the U.S., followed by a 3-week field trial, and finally a 3-month field experiment that was conducted over the Winter 2007/8 Holiday Season. Among our key findings was that participants in the 3-month field experiment who had the glanceable display maintained their physical activity level over time and on holiday weeks, while the level of physical activity for participants who did not have the glanceable display dropped significantly.

UbiFit's glanceable display (in this example, a garden) runs on the background screen of the individual's mobile phone

Collaborators

Daniel Avrahami
Mike Chen
Sunny Consolvo
Jon E. Froehlich
Beverly Harrison
Predrag Klasnja
Anthony LaMarca
James A. Landay
Louis LeGrand
Ryan Libby
David W. McDonald
Keith Mosher
Ian Smith
Tammy Toscos

Publications

Using Mobile & Personal Sensing Technologies to Support Health Behavior Change in Everyday Life: Lessons Learned Using Mobile & Personal Sensing Technologies to Support Health Behavior Change in Everyday Life: Lessons Learned
Predrag Klasnja, Sunny Consolvo, David W. McDonald, James A. Landay and Wanda Pratt
Annual Conference of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2009. Full paper (PDF)
Designing for Behavior Change in Everyday Life Designing for Behavior Change in Everyday Life
Sunny Consolvo, James A. Landay and David W. McDonald
IEEE Computer, 2009. Journal Article
Exploring Privacy Concerns about Personal Sensing Exploring Privacy Concerns about Personal Sensing
Predrag Klasnja, Sunny Consolvo, Tanzeem Choudhury, Richard Beckwith and Jeffrey Hightower
Pervasive, 2009. Note (PDF)
Theory-Driven Design Strategies for Technologies that Support Behavior Change in Everyday Life Theory-Driven Design Strategies for Technologies that Support Behavior Change in Everyday Life
Sunny Consolvo, David W. McDonald and James A. Landay
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2009. Full Paper (PDF)
Goal-Setting Considerations for Persuasive Technologies that Encourage Physical Activity Goal-Setting Considerations for Persuasive Technologies that Encourage Physical Activity
Sunny Consolvo, Predrag Klasnja, David W. McDonald and James A. Landay
The International Conference on Persuasive Technology, 2009. Full Paper (PDF)
Flowers or a Robot Army? Encouraging Awareness & Activity with Personal, Mobile Displays Flowers or a Robot Army? Encouraging Awareness & Activity with Personal, Mobile Displays
Sunny Consolvo, Predrag Klasnja, David W. McDonald, Daniel Avrahami, Jon E. Froehlich, Louis LeGrand, Ryan Libby, Keith Mosher and James A. Landay
International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2008. Full Paper (PDF)
Activity Sensing in the Wild: A Field Trial of UbiFit Garden Activity Sensing in the Wild: A Field Trial of UbiFit Garden
Sunny Consolvo, David W. McDonald, Tammy Toscos, Mike Chen, Jon E. Froehlich, Beverly Harrison, Predrag Klasnja, Anthony LaMarca, Louis LeGrand, Ryan Libby, Ian Smith and James A. Landay
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2008. Full Paper (PDF)
The Mobile Sensing Platform: An Embedded System for Capturing and Recognizing Human Activities The Mobile Sensing Platform: An Embedded System for Capturing and Recognizing Human Activities
Tanzeem Choudhury, Gaetano Borriello, Sunny Consolvo, Dirk Haehnel, Beverly Harrison, Bruce Hemingway, Jeffrey Hightower, Predrag Klasnja, Karl Koscher, Anthony LaMarca, James A. Landay and Jonathan Lester
IEEE Pervasive Computing, 2008. Article (PDF)
MyExperience: A System for In Situ Tracing and Capturing of User Feedback on Mobile Phones
Jon E. Froehlich, Mike Chen, Sunny Consolvo, Beverly Harrison and James A. Landay
The International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, 2007. Full Paper (PDF)
Design Requirements for Technologies that Encourage Physical Activity Design Requirements for Technologies that Encourage Physical Activity
Sunny Consolvo, Katherine Everitt, Ian Smith and James A. Landay
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2006. Full Paper (PDF)