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Supporting healthy eating in children through the Sensory Interactive Table

Arum, S.R. van (2020) Supporting healthy eating in children through the Sensory Interactive Table.

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Abstract:Eating behaviour has influence on health. Unfortunately, over the years, people started eating less healthy. Because of this, many individuals have a higher risk of getting obesity and heart failure. If we could teach children to eat healthy starting from a young age, they might eat healthy throughout their whole lives. This goal can be achieved with interactive technology. This project uses the Sensory Interactive Table. This table is able to display animations and can measure weight. The goal of this report is to create an interactive system that lets children eat healthier with the help of the Sensory Interactive Table. Based on state of the art, literature research and design sessions with children and adults, I designed three different systems. I focused on the realisation of two of these systems. These systems are named ‘The battlefield in your belly’ and ‘The colourful growing dot’. ‘The battlefield in your belly’ is mainly focused on findings from state of the art and literature. ‘The colourful growing dot’ is more focused on output from the design session. For the evaluation of the two systems two groups completed in a survey. One group consisted of adults that participated in the design sessions. The other group was not familiar with this project. Most of the individuals thought ‘The battlefield in your belly’-system would work better than the other system. However, when asked about the effectiveness of this system, there was not a clear majority of individuals that had the same answer. To conclude, according to the respondents ‘The battlefield in your belly’ works better than the other system. Based on literature and state-of-the-art I would say that this system is effective to let children eat healthier. But, to know this for sure, the effectiveness of this system should be tested with children.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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