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Zhanna Sarsenbayeva, Niels van Berkel, Aku Visuri, Sirkka Rissanen, Hannu Rintamaki, Vassilis Kostakos, and Jorge Goncalves. 2017. Sensing Cold-Induced Situational Impairments in Mobile Interaction Using Battery Temperature. Proc. ACM Interact. Mob. Wearable Ubiquitous Technol. 1, 3, Article 98 (September 2017), 9 pages. DOI:

Sensing cold-induced situational impairments in mobile interaction using battery temperature

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Author: Sarsenbayeva, Zhanna1; Van Berkel, Niels1; Visuri, Aku2;
Organizations: 1The University of Melbourne
2University of Oulu
3Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2017
Publish Date: 2019-01-21


Previous work has highlighted the detrimental effect of cold ambience on fine-motor skills during interaction with mobile devices. In this work, we develop a method to infer changes in finger temperature of smartphone users without the need for specialised hardware. Specifically, we demonstrate that smartphone battery temperature is a reliable gauge for determining changes to finger temperature. In addition, we show that the behaviour of smartphone battery temperature in cold settings is consistent across different smartphone models and battery configurations. Our method can be used to determine cold-induced situational impairments, and trigger interface adaptations during mobile interaction.

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Series: Proceedings of the ACM on interactive, mobile, wearable and ubiquitous technologies
ISSN: 2474-9567
ISSN-E: 2474-9567
ISSN-L: 2474-9567
Volume: 1
Issue: 3
Article number: 98
DOI: 10.1145/3130963
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work is partially funded by the Academy of Finland (Grants 276786-AWARE, 286386-CPDSS, 285459-iSCIENCE, 304925-CARE), the European Commission (Grant, 6AIKA-A71143-AKAI), and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (645706-GRAGE).
EU Grant Number: (645706) GRAGE - Grey and green in Europe: elderly living in urban areas
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 276786
Detailed Information: 276786 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
286386 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
285459 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
304925 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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