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Beyond the Pocket: Preparing a Study on the Variations of Wearable Device Location

Joanna Sorysz; Lars Krupp; Dominique Nshimyimana; Paul Lukowicz
In: Proceedings of The 13th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT). AccessIOT - Workshop on Integrating AI Technologies to Increase IoT Accessibility (AccessIOT-2023), located at IoT 2023, November 7, Nagoya, Japan, ACM, 2023.


Wearable devices have become ubiquitous in our daily lives, con- stantly collecting and analyzing data based on our activities. How- ever, what these devices measure and, therefore, the accuracy of algorithms using this data can be influenced by the device’s place- ment. For instance, a smartphone in a handbag might not track steps as accurately as one in a trouser pocket. The varied locations in which individuals wear devices is underexplored. We intend to conduct a cross-sectional study surveying the most common ways people wear and utilize wearables in their daily lives. We expect the results of this study to influence how research and industry use the sensor data produced by wearable devices, ultimately leading to more precise algorithms that produce satisfying results for a more diverse set of users.