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SpaceMaze: incentivizing correct mobile crowdsourced sensing behaviour with a sensified minigame

Budde, Matthias; Rohe, Jan Felix; Hirschoff, Lina; Schlosser, Patrick; Beigl, Michael; Holopainen, Jussi; Schankin, Andrea

Abstract (englisch):
Modern mobile phones are equipped with many sensors, which can increasingly be used to sense various environmental phenomena. In particular, mobile sensing has enabled crowdsourced data collection at an unprecedented scale. However, as laypersons are involved in this, concerns regarding the data quality arise. This work explores the gamification of smartphone-based measurement processes in practice by embedding a sensing task into a mobile minigame. The underlying idea is – rather than to educate the user on how to correctly perform a measurement task – to opportunistically execute the measurement in the background once the smartphone is in a suitable context. To this end, this paper presents the design and evaluation of SpaceMaze, a smartphone game with the goal of minimising user error by introducing appropriate game mechanics to influence the phone context, using the example of mobile noise level monitoring. A large user study that compares SpaceMaze to two non-gamified apps for noise level monitoring (N = 360 in total) shows that SpaceMaze can successfully reduce user errors when compared to simple non-gamified ambient noise level monitoring applications and that the minigame is generally perceived as being enjoyable. ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Telematik (TM)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0144-929X, 1362-3001
KITopen-ID: 1000122730
Erschienen in Behaviour & information technology
Seiten 1–16
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 04.06.2020
Nachgewiesen in Web of Science
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