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Body-touching: An embodied interaction technique for health information systems in developing regions

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMINDTREK 2014 - Proceedings of the 18th International Academic MindTrek Conference: "Media Business, Management, Content and Services"
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330060
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2014
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event18th International Academic MindTrek Conference, MINDTREK 2014 - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 4 Nov 20146 Nov 2014


Conference18th International Academic MindTrek Conference, MINDTREK 2014


We present a study of using embodied health information system for developing regions focusing on users not familiar with technology. We designed and developed a health information system with two gesture-based selection techniques: pointing to a screen and touching one's own body part. We evaluated the prototype in user study with 37 semi-literate and literate participants. Our results indicate a clear preference (76%) for touching in the healthcare domain. Based on our observations and user feedback, we present four design guidelines for developing embodied systems for the developing world: designing bodycentric interaction to overcome literacy and technological proficiency barriers, addressing the misconceptions of system behaviors with users not familiar with technology, understanding effects of cultural constraints on interaction, and utilizing interactive virtual avatars to connect with the users.


  • Body-centric interaction, Embodied interaction, gesture-based interaction, HCI4D, Health information systems, Information access