Inspire, Guide, and Entertain: Designing a Mobile Assistant for Runners

Ekaterina Kurdyukova

erschienen 2009 "Proceedings of MobileHCI"


The paper presents the design of a mobile assistant for runners. We propose visual and auditory user interface for a mobile assistant, called Mobota. The system supports navigation on a new track, provides competition against a virtual rival, monitors real time user performance, entertains and encourages runners. We introduce entertaining and inspiring community notes that convey emotional messages from other sportsmen who exercise on the same track. The design and evaluation of Mobota provides an insight into the specifics of visual and auditory design of running assistants.