Supporting Jogging at an Even Pace by Synchronizing Music Playback Speed with Runner's Pace

Tetsuro KITAHARA  Shunsuke HOKARI  Tatsuya NAGAYASU  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E98-D   No.4   pp.968-971
Publication Date: 2015/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2014EDL8199
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Human-computer Interaction
jogging,  healthcare,  music,  smartphone,  

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In this paper, we propose a jogging support system that plays back background music while synchronizing its tempo with the user's jogging pace. Keeping an even pace is important in jogging but it is not easy due to tiredness. Our system indicates the variation of the runner's pace by changing the playback speed of music according to the user's pace variation. Because this requires the runner to keep an even pace in order to enjoy the music at its normal speed, the runner will be spontaneously influenced to keep an even pace. Experimental results show that our system reduced the variation of jogging pace.