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Computer assisted Habit Breaking using Wearable Computing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237066D
Publication Date: 2014-May-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 159K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that uses wearable computing to record and track personal behavior to support breaking bad habits or developing good habits.

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Computer assisted Habit Breaking using Wearable Computing

A habit consists of three parts: a cue, a routine, and the reward. Breaking a habit requires disrupting the cue or the reward associated with the habit. Existing known solutions involve manually recording when a user performs the undesired habit as well as information about the situation. That information is generally used to identify the cue for the habit. This is a slow and cumbersome process, which requires a strong commitment from the person trying to break the habit .

The solution is a novel system that uses wearable computing to record and track personal behavior to support breaking bad habits or developing good habits . The system can also be applied to detect cues for health related issues .

The system consists of wearable computing to record personal behavior , along with computing to process the behavior and identify cues . A first version stores a record of the last 15 minutes for the user. The sensors can include, for example, a camera mounted on glasses and a microphone. The user signals (e.g., presses a button) to indicate the habit is occurring. The wearable computing system saves the last 15 minutes of recording to longer-term storage for processing. Asynchronously, a computing system processes the recordings that preceded the behavior , to extract key features (e.g., time of day, other people in the area, etc.), and further identify patterns in the behavior. The patterns represent the cue...