Playful Interactions Stimulating Physical Activity in Public Spaces

Publication: Research - peer-reviewPaper

  • Janienke Sturm
    Janienke SturmNetherlands
  • Tilde Bekker
    Tilde BekkerNetherlands
  • Vero Vanden Abeele
    Vero Vanden AbeeleBelgium
  • Stine Liv Johansen
  • Mark van Kujik
    Mark van KujikNetherlands
  • Ben Schouten
    Ben SchoutenNetherlands
In this position paper we describe our vision on
designing playful interactions to persuade people to be
physically active in public spaces. Social embeddedness
and playful interaction are the core elements of this
vision. We illustrate how our design vision is
incorporated into innovative concepts that stimulate
physical activity for various user groups and in various
use contexts, and present some general findings on the
basis of these cases. New technologies such as mobile
networks and social media provide new opportunities
for creating location-independent solutions that support
groups of people to motivate each other to be
physically active by creating challenges for each other.
Designing playful solutions for public spaces asks for
low-threshold solutions that support easy stepping in
and stepping out solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year28 Apr 2013
StatePublished - 28 Apr 2013
Event - Paris

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ConferenceCHI
CityParis
Period29/04/201302/05/2013

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