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Oduor M and Perälä T (2021) Interactive Urban Play to Encourage Active Mobility: Usability Study of a Web-Based Augmented Reality Application. Front. Comput. Sci. 3:706162. doi: 10.3389/fcomp.2021.706162

Interactive urban play to encourage active mobility : usability study of a web-based augmented reality application

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Author: Oduor, Michael1; Perälä, Timo2
Organizations: 1OASIS Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electronic Engineering, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Navico Oy, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Frontiers Media, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-04


Owing to increasing cases of sedentary lifestyles and their negative impact on health, practical solutions are needed to address the physical and mental wellbeing of citizens and to enhance their standard of living. Among the problems are premature mortality rates caused by physical inactivity, which leads to chronic diseases. Innovative solutions are needed to address many of the problems that we face as a society. Location-based games have been identified as effective solutions for increasing physical activity, enhancing social interaction, and exploration in urban environments. In this pilot study, we explore how to encourage active mobility (walking and cycling) through urban play by integrating technology into the built environment. We examined the usability of a web-based augmented reality application in providing interactive experience to users as they explored the urban environment looking for tasks. Overall, participants’ perceptions of the usability of the application were positive; they enjoyed how the application revealed the tasks at each location and all the checkpoints at the different locations had at least a couple of visitors. We present limitations and future research directions.

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Series: Frontiers in computer science
ISSN: 2624-9898
ISSN-E: 2624-9898
ISSN-L: 2624-9898
Volume: 3
Article number: 706162
DOI: 10.3389/fcomp.2021.706162
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: We acknowledge grant support from the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The funder played no role in designing, conducting, interpreting or publishing the study.
Dataset Reference: The dataset presented in this study can be found in online repository. The names of the repository can be found below:
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