Our society faces serious risks caused by people’s excessive food intake combined with lack of exercise. Medical issues such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure must be a top priority if we wish to successfully maintain our welfare state. Experts believe the solution to these health problems lies in preventive care; using behavioural intervention techniques to encourage people to take up physical exercise, improve their diet, and most importantly, to keep up their newly adopted positive behaviour. The project Sense Driven Coaching for Healthy Living uses sensor technology and ICT systems to monitor physical, mental and social well-being, and to stimulate people by giving them personalized and contextualized feedback in real time.
The project takes an integrated approach, combining widely available devices, such as smartphones and sports trackers to monitor physical, mental and social health. Currently available health trackers and coaching applications only track single aspects of health (weight, walking, diet) and give feedback based on static perimeters.
Almende developed a pattern analytics framework in the cloud, in order to be able to analyze the data collected from the various sensors in smartphones and wearables. The analysis will be used to provide real time, contextualized feedback via the coaching application.
Almende’s spin-off company Sense Observation Systems (and later Sense Health) used the algorithms developed in the project to augment their own digital coaching applications, introducing mechanics to automatically track behaviour such as physical activity and sleep from sensors in the smartphone.