Challenges of designing and developing tangible interfaces for mental well-being

Woodward, K. ORCID: 0000-0003-3302-1345, Kanjo, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-1720-0661 and Brown, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-1677-7485, 2019. Challenges of designing and developing tangible interfaces for mental well-being. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction. (Forthcoming)

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Mental well-being technologies possess many qualities that give them the potential to help people receive assessment and treatment who may otherwise not receive help due to fear of stigma or lack of resources. The combination of advances in sensors, microcontrollers and machine learning is leading to the emergence of dedicated tangible interfaces to monitor and promote positive mental well-being. However, there are key technical, ergonomic and aesthetic challenges to be overcome in order to make these interfaces effective and respond to users' needs. In this paper, the barriers to develop mental well-being tangible interfaces are discussed by identifying and examining the recent technological challenges machine learning, sensors, microcontrollers and batteries create. User-oriented challenges that face the development of mental well-being technologies are then considered ranging from user engagement during co-design and trials to ethical and privacy concerns.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Paper presented at New Directions for the IoT: Automate, Share, Build, and Care Workshop at the CHI 2019 Conference, held in Glasgow, 5 May 2019.
Publication Title: Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
Creators: Woodward, K., Kanjo, E. and Brown, D.
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
Date: 1 March 2019
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Oct 2020 10:03
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 10:04

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