Stress Aware: An Investigation of Everyday Real-Time Stress Feedback

Poppinga, Benjamin and Timmermann, Janko and Heuten, Wilko and Boll, Susanne
Nowadays, more and more commercial health andfitness sensors (e.g. pedometers, heart rate sensors) are available for customers. While some of the measured values are understandable for average users (e.g. heart rate), some of them are not (e.g. heart rate variability). In this paper we investigate how a person's stress level, derived from the skin conductance, can be visually represented. To do so we handed three early design drafts of an Android widget showing the realtime stress level to our study participants. Based on qualitative interviews we identify the most importantdesign factors and give suggestions on how the stress level might be represented in future applications.
08 / 2011
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