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Smart hockey stick (to improve engagement and fun for para hockey players)

Baselmans, J.A. (2023) Smart hockey stick (to improve engagement and fun for para hockey players).

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Abstract:This bachelor thesis presents the development and evaluation of a smart hockey stick designed to enhance engagement and fun for para hockey players. The study employed a user centered design approach involving the coach of the para hockey team throughout this project. The objectives of the user study were to assess the impact of the smart stick on engagement, fun, disengagement, and discomfort, as well as to identify potential improvements and future directions for the device. The user study involved participants using both the smart hockey stick and their regular stick during three training exercises. Behavioral observations were recorded, a smileyometer questionnaire was utilized to measure participants' perceived fun and ease of use and an interview has been held with the coach. The study findings and feedback from the coach suggested that the smart hockey stick has the potential to empower individuals of all abilities and enhance their enjoyment and participation in sports. However, further research, including long-term studies and wider-scale testing with diverse user groups, is necessary to validate and expand upon these findings.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 53 electrotechnology, 70 social sciences in general, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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