CompanionViz: Mediated platform for gauging canine health and engancing human-pet interactions (International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 2017)



Jonathan Nelson, Patrick C. Shih. 2017. "CompanionViz: Mediated platform for gauging canine health and engancing human-pet interactions." International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 98: 169-178.


Advancements in personal data collection and visualization – commonly referred to as the quantified self (QS) movement – allow individuals to self-track health and other attributes. We extend quantified self (QS) concepts to the quantified other (QO) to explore how the use of technology, collection of data on one's pet dog, and personal visualization affect pet owners' understandings of, and relationships with, their pets. We introduce the term Human–pet–computer interaction (HPCI) as the study of how technology can be designed and used to advance human–pet companionships. As an example, we describe CompanionViz, a personal information visualization prototype designed to inform pet owners on their dogs’ caloric inputs/outputs, as well as exercise and movement habits. We present a user study of CompanionViz featuring a twelve-participant survey and one field study, consisting of three unique use cases, and show that by providing pet owners with quantifiable awareness of their dogs’ health and exercise habits using personal visual representations, pet owner–dog bonds can benefit.