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"On the top of high towers..." discussing locations in a mobile health game for diabetics

Knöll, Martin (2023)
"On the top of high towers..." discussing locations in a mobile health game for diabetics.
IADIS Multi Conference On Computer Science And Information Systems. Freiburg (26.07. - 30.07.2010)
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00026397
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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: "On the top of high towers..." discussing locations in a mobile health game for diabetics
Language: English
Date: 11 December 2023
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 2010
Publisher: iadis- International Association for Development of the Information Society
Book Title: Proceedings of the IADIS International Conferences Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction 2010 and Game and Entertainment Technologies 2010
Collation: 8 Seiten
Event Title: IADIS Multi Conference On Computer Science And Information Systems
Event Location: Freiburg
Event Dates: 26.07. - 30.07.2010
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00026397
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Origin: Secondary publication service

The potential impact of "games for health" on education and motivation within healthcare has been widely discussed and is the focus of many current research projects. Games, running on mobile devices, with attached biosensors and Internet access, promise to unfold an increased influence on individual health related behavior. In particular, for the prevention and management of so called "lifestyle diseases" such as obesity or diabetes, game designers explore a wide range of Ubiquitous Technologies. As mobile health games are played within user´s everyday life, they find their way into our cities: parks, schools, offices or shopping centers are their potential playgrounds. This article discusses three concepts for a mobile game for children with diabetes. The focus lies in particular on their involvement of different locations and participants within the game play. Early conceptual prototypes have been "playtested" by a group of patients and their doctors from the Diabetes centre at the Olgahospital in Stuttgart, Germany. The participants´ comments, presented in this article, point to several design challenges of mobile health games: Various locations, it is argued here, do not only implicate technological challenges, but also reveal social issues regarding interactive design.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobile Health Games, Ubiquitous Technology, Urban Design, Diabetes Management, Participatory Design
Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-263979
Classification DDC: 000 Generalities, computers, information > 004 Computer science
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 610 Medicine and health
700 Arts and recreation > 793 Games
Divisions: 15 Department of Architecture > Fachgruppe E: Stadtplanung
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2023 10:51
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2023 10:43
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/26397
PPN: 513969799
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