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Kyocera Hopes Sensor-based Service Will Promote Healthier Lifestyles

The Japanese electronics company is offering Daily Support—a solution for tracking physical activity, sleep and food intake—to employers, health-care providers and insurance companies.
By Claire Swedberg

The Daily Support app identifies movement when an individual is sleeping, in order to determine how long and how deeply that person sleeps. The individual does not wear the TSUC while in bed. Rather, the user places the tablet or phone next to his or her pillow. The accelerometer built into the phone or tablet then measures the sleeper's body movements—data that the app analyzes to determine sleep quality, as well as the number of hours slept. This information, along with data from the TSUC, is forwarded to the Kii software running on the Daily Support server.

To measure his visceral fat, a user traces his smartphone halfway around his abdomen.
The software can also accept and interpret other information to be linked to a specific user's activity data. For instance, a user can not only input what food he or she is eating (the software then calculates that person's caloric intake), but can also take a photo of the entire plate of food, thereby enabling the software to better determine portion sizes.

Users can measure their visceral fat by tracing their smartphone or tablet, running the Daily Support app, halfway around their abdomen. When an individual undergoes a blood test, the resulting data, if measured by Roche Diagnostics K.K. instruments, is provided to the user in the form of a QR code. The user can scan the code via a smartphone or tablet, and that data is automatically uploaded to his or her account on the Daily Support server.

Employers, health-care providers or insurance companies, as well as the users themselves, can view that data, while doctors, nurses or insurance companies can direct the users to information about lifestyle improvements. As an incentive, the system also award points to users who make healthy choices, such as completing a large amount of activity. The points can be redeemed for rewards.

Hiroaki Naito
The points-reward program within Daily Support is provided by JTB Benefit Service. Each day, users can view their achievements in the Daily Support service, and then transfer the points earned to the JTB program. That credit can be converted to gifts, such as travel accommodations, health-care products, sports or outdoor gear and home appliances, selected from a catalog of approximately 10,000 different items.

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