BodyVis: A New Approach to Body Learning Through Wearable Sensing and Visualization
Norooz, L., Mauriello, M., Jorgensen, A., McNally, B., Froehlich, J.
April 2015
In CHI 2015 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1025-1034. DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702299 [Published Version]
Internal organs are invisible and untouchable, making it difficult for children to learn their size, position, and function. Traditionally, human anatomy (body form) and physiology (body function) are taught using techniques ranging from worksheets to three-dimensional models. We present a new approach called BodyVis, an e-textile shirt that combines biometric sensing and wearable visualizations to reveal otherwise invisible body parts and functions. We describe our 15-month iterative design process including lessons learned through the development of three prototypes using participatory design and two evaluations of the final prototype: a design probe interview with seven elementary school teachers and three singlesession deployments in after-school programs. Our findings have implications for the growing area of wearables and tangibles for learning.
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