TastyBeats: Celebrating Heart Rate Data with a Drinkable Spectacle

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We introduce palatable representations that besides improving the understanding of physical activity through abstract visualization also provide an appetizing drink to celebrate the experience of being physically active. By designing such palatable representations, our aim is to offer novel opportunities for reflection on one’s physical activities. As a proof of concept, we present TastyBeats, a fountain-based interactive system that creates a fluidic spectacle of mixing sport drinks based on heart rate data of physical activity, which the user can later consume to replenish the loss of body fluids due to the physical activity. The TastyBeats induces an active engagement of the users with representation of their personal data in the form of a energy drink created by mixing different flavors together.

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UIST 2013 Student Design Innovation Contest Demo