amsys 18(17): e1

Research Article

Using the Internet of Things to Support Emotional Health

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.23-3-2018.154372,
        author={Jeanette Eriksson and Nancy L. Russo and Javier Marin},
        title={Using the Internet of Things to Support Emotional Health},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Ambient Systems},
        keywords={emotion, emotion-tracking applications, Internet of Things},
  • Jeanette Eriksson
    Nancy L. Russo
    Javier Marin
    Year: 2018
    Using the Internet of Things to Support Emotional Health
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.23-3-2018.154372
Jeanette Eriksson1, Nancy L. Russo1,*, Javier Marin2
  • 1: IoTaP Research Center, Computer Science and Media Technology Department, Malmö University, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, 205 06, Malmö, Sweden
  • 2: IDERGO Research group, I3A, Design and Manufacturing Engineering Department, University of Zaragoza, Mariano Esquillor s/n, 50018, Zaragoza, Spain.
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A first step towards emotional well-being is to monitor, understand and reflect upon one’s feelings and emotions. A number of personal emotion-tracking applications are available today. In this paper we describe an examination of these applications which indicates that many of the applications do not provide sufficient support for monitoring a full spectrum of emotional data or for analysing or using the data that is provided. To design applications that better support emotional well-being, the full capabilities of the Internet of Things should be utilized. The paper concludes with a description of how Internet of Things technologies can enable the development of systems that can more accurately capture emotional data and support personal learning in the area of emotional health.