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Preferences in tracking dimensions for wearable technology

Helen Sumin Koo (Department of Design, University of California, Davis, Davis, California, USA)
Kris Fallon (Department of Design, University of California, Davis, Davis, California, USA)

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Article publication date: 18 April 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to understand what dimensions consumers prefer to track using wearable technology to achieve a healthier lifestyle and how these tracking dimensions are related.

Design/methodology/approach

An online survey was conducted with potential consumers in the USA, and a series of Pearson’s correlation and regression analysis and multiple regressions was conducted.

Findings

The most preferred self-tracking dimensions, tracking dimensions on others, most private tracking dimensions, most variable dimensions, and the dimensions that need to be improved were identified. The results of this study showed positive relationships overall among similar types of tracking dimensions, such as among dimensions of physical health condition (disease and disorder symptoms and general vital signs), mental health condition (stress level and mood/feeling), healthy lifestyle (fitness, and pose and posture), and productivity and task management (work productivity, location, and time management).

Originality/value

Designers are encouraged to make wearable technology products that are durable, easy to care for, attractive in design, comfortable to wear and use, able to track preferred dimensions, appropriate for various consumers, unobtrusive, portable, and small. This research will guide wearable technology and fashion industry professionals in the development process of wearable technology to benefit consumers by helping them be more self-aware, empowering them to develop a healthier lifestyle, and ultimately increasing their quality of life and well-being.

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Citation

Koo, H.S. and Fallon, K. (2017), "Preferences in tracking dimensions for wearable technology", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 180-199. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCST-03-2016-0021

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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