Farseeing exergame study was presented at the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction NordiCHI ’14 in Helsinki. Ather Nawaz from Trondheim group presented elderly user experience and preferences of exergames for balance training.
The article is now available online in ACM digital library in the proceeding of NordiCHI ’14.
Title: Assessing seniors’ user experience (UX) of exergames for balance training
Abstract: Exergames technologies are increasingly used to help people achieve their exercise requirements including balance training. However, little is known about seniors’ user experience of exergame technology for balance training and what factors they consider most important for using the exergames. This study aims to evaluate user experience and preferences of exergame technologies to train balance and to identify different factors that affect seniors’ intention to use exergames. Fourteen healthy senior citizens played three different stepping exergames in a laboratory setting. Seniors’ experience of the exergames and their preference to use exergames was assessed using a semi-structured interview, the system usability scale (SUS), and card ranking. The results of the study showed that in order for seniors to use exergames to train their balance, the exergames should particularly focus on challenging tasks, provide feedback on quality of movement, and provide setup support. Furthermore, healthy seniors did not consider safety to be a concern when playing exergames.