Tracking outdoor sports: User experience perspective

Aino Ahtinen, Minna Isomursu, Ykä Huhtala, Jussi Kaasinen, Jukka Salminen, Jonna Häkkilä

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In this paper, the potential role of a sport tracking application is examined in the context of supporting tracking outdoor sporting activities. A user study with 28 participants was conducted to study the usage habits and user experiences evoked. The application consists of a mobile tracking tool and a related web service. It collects and stores workout data such as the route, speed and time, and compiles a training diary that can be viewed in many ways during the exercise and afterwards. Data can be uploaded into a web service for further analysis or for sharing it with others. The results show high interest in tracking outdoor sports with a mobile phone application - the participants used the application during almost all exercise sessions and stated that they would continue using the application after the study. Sharing data was not perceived as valuable, although some usage scenarios for social sharing arose.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmbient Intelligence
EditorsEmile Aarts, James L. Crowley, Boris de Ruyter, Heinz Gerhäuser, Alexander Pflaum, Janina Schmidt, Reiner Wichert
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-89617-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-89616-6
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuropean Conference, AmI 2008 - Nuremberg, Germany
Duration: 19 Nov 200822 Nov 2008

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


ConferenceEuropean Conference, AmI 2008


  • Sports
  • tracking
  • GPS
  • user experience
  • mobile application
  • web service


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