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Title: Embedding a crowd inside a relay baton : a case study in a non-competitive sporting activity
Authors: Curmi, Franco
Ferrario, Maria Angela
Whittle, Jon
Keywords: Social systems
Social networks -- Case studies
Broadcast journalism
Relay racing
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Citation: Curmi, F., Ferrario, M. A., & Whittle, J. (2017). Embedding a crowd inside a relay baton: A case study in a non-competitive sporting activity. 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Colorado. 2359-2370.
Abstract: This paper presents a digital relay baton that connects longdistance runners with distributed online spectators. The baton broadcasts athletes’ live locative data to a social network and communicates back remote-crowd support through haptic and audible cheers. Our work takes an exploratory design approach to bring new insights into the design of real-time techno-mediated social support. The prototype was deployed during a 170-mile charity relay race across the UK with 13 participants, 261 on-line supporters, and gathered a total of 3,153 ‘cheers’. We report on the insights collected during the design and deployment process and identify three fundamental design considerations: the degree of spectator expression that the design affords, the context applicability, and the data flow within the social network.
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