Sankarshan Dasgupta, Claire I. Gutsmiedl, Vatsa Sanjay Patel
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The majority of daily activities (including eating on time, drinking enough water, moderate exercise, sleep, and others) are essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A plethora of studies show that ignoring critical health-related tasks and healthy lifestyle habits (i.e., proper nourishment, work-life balance) could lead to anomalies such as health complications and chronic illnesses (including type-2 diabetes). In this research, we seek to explore and design social-technical tools to help people avoid such anomalies. We started by exploring the lifestyle needs of the students at our University. Our findings show that the majority of users are unwilling to make the effort or sometimes forget to record their daily activity routine using the current tracking applications. Some forgot to self-track because of career changes or shifting settings and lifestyles. This work will present the design of a mobile application that will monitor and assist routine on critical tasks. The App enables the user to make informed choices and fix any unusual behavior in their schedule. Further, in order to address participants' unwillingness to record their activities, we integrated critical ubiquitous computing components in our App including smartphone auto-tracking and GPS. First, auto-tracking components will offer our end users the ability to comprehensively track, monitor, and document their activities with ease. Second, the GPS and time access working in tandem offers them the most acceptable activity performance data handling within that time period. Consequently resulting in an undetectable design that produces the most accurate results conceivable. The App is set up, with the unique combination of GPS and time allowing the end-user to track their health activities, while also promoting self-monitoring and event schedule.In this symposium, we will present our design process and demonstrate how our App may support end-users (including our University students) to track their daily habits and activities.
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
"BetterU: A daily activity monitoring pervasive mobile application" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2475.