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Designing an Interactive Tool to Track Eating Behaviour in Children Ages 5-6

Häsler, Jasper-Sebastian (2022) Designing an Interactive Tool to Track Eating Behaviour in Children Ages 5-6.

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Abstract:This research aimed to forgo the shortcomings in current food tracking research by further exploring and developing an impactful method of quantifying children's eating habits. The tracking of eating behaviours is of crucial importance to unburden our healthcare system. Looking at existing research, it is evident that the field is in need of a consistent and standardized method that could be applied to both children and adults. This would allow researchers to gain a more detailed visual of the problem situation and then tailor interventions on a case-to-case basis. This is not only for tackling obesity but also other food-related health issues. This paper aimed to explore how effective current tracking methods are on children and contrast these to children’s cognitive/reading abilities. Then user testing was carried out to determine if an interactive tool is usable by children and if so, what design elements contribute to its effectiveness. Based on this research, an interactive tool to effectively support the tracking of eating behaviours in children ages 5-6was designed and created. Results indicated that the accuracy and ability of tracking using the designed tool is remarkably high. The concept of tracking eating behaviours using a gesture-based tool was successful. However, certain elements, such as the force required to trigger/detect a response, could use fine-tuning to improve usability. The time it takes to complete one entire tracking cycle is, on average, around 3 minutes, which poses a very low entry barrier for the child. The design choices shaped the gesture-based tool in such a way that it enables children ages 5-6 to track their eating behaviour independently and accurately
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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