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Crafting Usable Quantified Self-wearable Technologies for Older Adults

Publication Details
Authors: Khakurel Jayden, Knutas Antti, Melkas Helinä, Penzenstadler Birgit, Porras Jari
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2018
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Title of parent publication: Advances in Human Factors in Wearable Technologies and Game Design
Start page: 75
End page: 87
Number of pages: 13
ISBN: 978-3-319-94618-4
eISBN: 978-3-319-94619-1
ISSN: 2194-5357
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


Commercially off-the-shelf (COTS) quantified self-wearable technologies (QSWT) have enabled younger individuals to adopt a measurable living style [49] through the collection of “quantifiable data”. However, the adoption of wearables remains lowest among the older adult, and the question of what is holding adoption back remains. The purpose of this study is to: (i) explore and present the device characteristics of smartwatches and pedometers that affect the adoption of wearables across different cultures; (ii) study country-specific older adult’s importance weights on identified issues; and (iii) provide informal usability guidelines for manufacturers, researchers, and application developers. The results revealed that the usability issues such as screen size, tapping detection, device size, interaction techniques, navigation, and typography were some of the reasons for the low adoption of wearables among the older adult. Further, device and screen size were significantly more essential for the Finnish compared to US older adult participants, demonstrating that culture might influence the perception of some device characteristics.

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