PULSE: Sonifying data to motivate physical activity in outdoor spaces

Halstead, Oliver, Lochrie, Mark orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7909-8455 and Davenport, Jack (2017) PULSE: Sonifying data to motivate physical activity in outdoor spaces. In: ISS '17 Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces, October 17 - 20, 2017, Brighton, United Kingdom.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1145/3132272.3132280


This work in progress details the conception of a new inter-disciplinary design intended to benefit the physical activity of running, by combining the sonification of real time personal health statistics with information regarding the surrounding environment. By applying datasets sourced from wearable technologies, a model was designed that generated new original musical materials from detailed figures pertaining to exertion. The resulting music presents an opportunity to iterate new knowledge gained from insights with participants, in order to create a real time mobile application - Pulse - that sonifies both a user's movements through place and the spaces within.

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