The acceptance of wearable devices for personal healthcare in China
1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Department of Information Processing Science, Information Processing Science
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:oulu-201605111684
|Publish Date:|| 2016-05-17
|Thesis type:||Master's thesis
Context: In recent years, health and fitness have drawn greater attention to consumers in China. The demand of wearable devices has risen and the number of potential customers is large. This study would like to explore if the wearable devices match customers’ desire and expectation, and what influence users’ behavioral intention to use wearable devices. Aim: This thesis aims to examine the acceptance of wearable devices, in particular, smart bands and dedicated healthcare applications, in order to find usage patterns, preferences with regard to product features, and the determining factors of users’ acceptance. Method: This study is a descriptive and explanatory research. First, a literature review on 1) wearable devices in healthcare, and 2) technology acceptance model and related models was conducted. Then, a research model with 11 hypothesizes was derived based on the technology acceptance model (TAM), unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT), trust model, and technological personality construct. The research model and the hypotheses were tested by conducting a quantitative questionnaire survey in China. 158 responses were analysed using Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling in smartPLS software package. Results: The factors affecting directly the user’ intention to use smart bands are: perceived usefulness, social influence, affinity, and compatibility. Trust and perceived ease of use affect behavioral intention indirectly through perceived usefulness.
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