ClimbAware - Investigating Perception and Acceptance of Wearables in Rock Climbing

Felix Kosmalla; Frederik Wiehr; Florian Daiber; Antonio Krüger

In: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI-16). ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI-16), May 7-12, San Jose, CA, USA, ACM, 2016.


Wearable sports devices like GPS watches and heart rate monitors are ubiquitous in sports like running or road cycling and enable the users to receive real-time performance feedback. Although rock climbing is a trending sport, there are little to no consumer electronics available to support rock climbing training during exercise. In this paper, we investigated the acceptance and appropriateness of wearables in climbing on different body parts. Based on an online survey with 54 climbers, we designed a wearable device and conducted a perception study with 12 participants in a climbing gym. Using vibro-tactile, audible, and visual cues while climbing an easy route and a hard route, requiring high physical and cognitive load, we found that the most suited notification channel is sound, directly followed by vibro-tactile output. Light has been found to be inappropriate for the use in the sport of climbing.

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