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Fetching Temperature Data from External Weather Source to Enhance Fitness Tracking

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241854D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 76K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that utilizes existing components of mobile computing hardware and software capabilities as well as existing meteorological data capturing devices in order to obtain a measurement of ambient temperature.

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Fetching Temperature Data from External Weather Source to Enhance Fitness Tracking

Using an external weather service to fetch temperature information for fitness tracking helps find the right balance between calculation accuracy and device cost. Existing systems use the weather as an input, but mainly for scheduling purposes. This fails to fully leverage the temperature component. Other methods use a person's body temperature to accurately measure calorie expenditure; however, this involves an additional device with which to measure the body temperature.

The novel contribution is a system that utilizes existing components of mobile computing hardware and software capabilities as well as existing meteorological data capturing devices in order to obtain a measurement of ambient temperature. The system then uses this measurement to add a level of accuracy to caloric burn calculation in a fitness-tracking context, without an additional device. This saves the consumer money and enhances the fitness tracking experience. In addition, the novel system leverages existing technologies for built-in location tracking, weather reporting

based on user location, and fitness applications that track and record user statistics.

Using the temperature for input is useful for other purposes. For instance, the fitness application can sense high temperatures and automatically react by notifying the user that the temperature outside is too hot. The user might then choose to carry extra

water to stay hydrated, for example. The system can display further health information, such...