Designing for Sustainable HCI : Location-Based Mobile Application for Encouraging Environmental Friendly Ways of Transportation

University essay from Umeå universitet/Institutionen för informatik; Umeå universitet/Institutionen för informatik

Abstract:

This thesis aims to explore what are the main factors for designers to consider, when they design persuasive technologies for improving environmentally sustainable behavior. This paper starts out with a definition of sustainability as such, while also describing the most pressing issues within ecological sustainability. The biggest part of related research is dedicated to the persuasive technologies and three main factors of ability, trigger and motivation. We also talk about a fourth, additional factor of an emotional relationship. Besides persuasive technologies, this part describes sustainable Human-Computer Interaction, location-based services, and ethical issues are mentioned as well. The first part of the next section is dedicated to the description of a High Fidelity prototype of persuasive mobile application. The second part talks about quantitative and qualitative methods used while collecting data. After that, the reader is presented with the study results, which are then also analyzed. The following part discuss these results in a more depth. In the end, we summarize obtained results and the whole study.

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