Feasibility and user acceptance of a personal weight management system based on ubiquitous computing

Mark van Gils, Juha Pärkkä, Raimo Lappalainen, A. Ahonen, A. Maukonen, Timo Tuomisto, Jyrki Lötjönen, Luc Cluitmans, Ilkka Korhonen

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    Abstract

    With the fast development of information and communications technology, devices with some computing power are becoming increasingly abundant in the average home. The trend for theses devices to also be provided with inter-communication functionality opens up new possibilities for health care. The availability of ubiquitous computing allows the individual to perform health-related measurements review data or consult guidelines independent of place or time, thus providing the individual with a better means to follow certain treatment programs. In this study, we set out to implement as a system based on ubiquitous computing for the application of weight management using behavioral feedback. The goals were a) to gain insights in the technical feasibility and caveats of such a system as a basis for setting up more advanced and generic infrastructures, and b) to study the degree to whether people are actually willing to use such a technology-laden system for their health management. The results lead us to the conclusion that such a system is possible with the current technology, although many issues need to be solved before generic architectures and implementations are a reality, and that many people, especially those who have serious weight problems, are eager to use such a system.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication 2001 Conference Proceedings of the 23rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
    Place of PublicationIstambul
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    Pages3650-3653
    ISBN (Print)0-7803-7211-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event23rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2001 - Istanbul, Turkey
    Duration: 25 Oct 200128 Oct 2001

    Conference

    Conference23rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2001
    Abbreviated titleEMBS 2001
    Country/TerritoryTurkey
    CityIstanbul
    Period25/10/0128/10/01

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