Design of a Health Monitoring Toy for Children

E. Vonach, M. Ternek, G. Gerstweiler, H. Kaufmann:
"Design of a Health Monitoring Toy for Children";
Vortrag: International Conference for Interaction Design and Children (IDC), Manchester, UK; 21.06.2016 - 24.06.2016; in:"Proceedings of the 15th Interaction Design and Children Conference (IDC '16)", (2016), S. 58 - 67.

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Abstract:


Especially for young children measuring their physiological
parameters to assess their health can be stressful, even when
conducted at home by their parents. Therefore we present a
concept that can relieve some of the anxiety correlated with
an examination and implemented it in a test setup we call
"MediCubes"to investigate how this approach is received.
In this system cube shaped tangible objects are fitted with
noninvasive sensors measuring pulse, temperature, blood
oxygen saturation and lung capacity while interacting with
them. Incorporation in a storytelling game allows guiding a
child through a series of unperceived physiological
measurements as an enjoyable experience. The acquired
data is stored on a smartphone and can be reviewed by
parents or doctors.
In this paper the design process and the developed hardand
software are presented. Furthermore we report on a
usability study with 8 children and 12 adults indicating high
acceptance and enjoyment of the system. These results as
well as our"lessons learned"could have implications on
the future development of home health monitoring toys.