WashWall: An Interactive Smart Mirror for Motivating Handwashing Among Primary School Children

Dees B.W. Postma*, Champika M. Ranasinghe, Christos Constantinou, Vincent P.G. Diks, Younghun Rhee, Willem H.P. van Dijk, Amir Sassanian, Dennis Reidsma

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Hand hygiene became one of the key measures to prevent COVID-19 infection and the spread of the virus. This, however, is challenging with young children (e.g., primary school). Primary school teachers spend a lot of time supervising and helping children to wash their hands and making sure they wash their hands regularly and correctly. Educating children of the need for handwashing and training them to wash hands for 20 s alone does not motivate young children enough to wash their hands without supervision. We developed WashWall, an interactive smart mirror that uses gamification to motivate young children to wash their hands in an engaging way. We deployed WashWall in a primary school and conducted a user study (N = 14) to evaluate its practicality, effectiveness, and user experience. Results show that children engaged in the activity for a significantly longer duration, enjoyed playing WashWall, and learned the game easily and fast.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2023. INTERACT 2023. Lecture Notes in Computer Science
EditorsJosé Abdelnour Nocera, Marta Kristín Lárusdóttir, Helen Petrie, Antonio Piccinno, Marco Winckler
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-42283-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-42282-9
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2023

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NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


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