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Friday, January 19, 2018

AN APP FOR THAT

from Worcester Polytech and University of Connecticut

There are nearly twenty-nine thousand smartphone weight-related apps on the market. Most focus on tracking physical activity, calories consumed and body weight, and many are time-consuming. Researchers at Worcester Polytech and University of Connecticut are developing an app aimed in a different direction. They call it Slip Buddy, because it is easy for us to slip up when trying to change unhealthy behaviors. Slip Buddy helps users to identify triggers for overeating, then suggesting new, healthier behaviors. Users check in to their Slip Buddy three times a day with various information that the app stores anonymously and learns patterns of the user’s behavior. Slip Buddy is still in testing, but could be ready to help us in a year or so.

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