Increasing physical activity has a direct relationship with weight control, reducing risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, strengthening muscles, and improving mental health. Deterioration in conditions such as heart arrhythmias, diabetes mellitus and hypertension (high blood pressure affecting more than 12 million individuals in the UK alone) is gradual and often subtle over time. For these conditions, continuous observation of activity levels as well as physiological parameters can provide more accurate diagnosis and tailored treatments for each subject, compared to the currently used snap-shot diagnosis and management. Increasing activity not only makes you feel better, it also helps prevent some of these conditions as proven by numerous medical studies. Unlike other sensors, ActiveMiles simply uses your mobile phone. Just carry your phone around and make sure you gain more miles by being active.
At the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015, we have launched the beta release of a brand new lifestyle app, ActiveMiles, which monitors personal activity and promotes behavioural change. ActiveMiles enables users to quantify and improve their wellbeing using a normal Android smartphone. The app includes automatic detection and monitoring of general activity (whether running, walking, travelling etc.), goal-setting and performance sharing with friends, GPS tracking, geolocation, and monitoring diet through barcode and image recognition. The app is also ideal for charity campaigns and fund-raising, where users can provide supporting retailers with QR codes of their recent activity in return for a discount for certain purchases.
ActiveMiles can be used for:
- Sport and exercise;
- Activities of daily living and behaviour profiling;
- Social networking and ‘electronic loyalty card’ for promoting active lifestyles;
- Tracking & sightseeing;
- Dietary monitoring.
ActiveMiles transforms your phone into a personal trainer. It helps you to track your daily activity, set your goals and stay motivated to go that extra mile. You can view summaries of the activities in terms of distance, duration, steps, and calories burned. The app is always on, so there’s no need to start and stop it. Just keep your phone in your pocket or your bag, and it is ready to go!
Tracking and sightseeing
ActiveMiles can be used as an automatic diary of your life. It tracks the location and automatically provides the geolocation of any photos taken. Your daily storyline and maps show where you have been and when you have been there, as well as documenting the route of your tour and the places that you have visited.
ActiveMiles generates Daily Vouchers according to the amount of Met Minutes burned by the user when engaging in physical activities. The user can obtain discount codes or donate money to charity at participating stores or online shops.
AcitiveMiles is strongly linked with Facebook for sharing, retrieval and comparison of user performances. It helps to exert peer pressure and encourage you friends and family to have healthy lifestyles as well!
Dietary and food intake monitoring
ActiveMiles incorporates a QRcode and BarCode reader with an automatic food item database search. It also has built-in voice recognition for a user friendly labelling, thus forgoing manual dietary recordings, which is inconvenient and error prone.
ActiveMiles is a completely free mobile phone app that allows you to track your daily activity, compare it with your friends and observe your change of activity with location. Increasing daily activity can have a great effect on your overall health, so why wait? It’s a fun app that’s very easy to use, so give it a try! Collecting more ActiveMiles will not only be beneficial to your overall health but can be traded for rewards. Keep an eye on our website for reward ideas.