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Smart Smoking Monitor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246101D
Publication Date: 2016-May-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

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Abstract

A smoking monitoring app, which automatically gathers and analyses data from both wearable and external sensors; the app does not require continued user input, and provides personalised information about the user's smoking habits.

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Smart Smoking Monitor

Disclosed is an idea for a smoking monitoring app, which gathers and analyses data

from both wearable sensors and external sensors (for example in smoking shelters or cigarette packets). A key benefit is the fact that this program will not require user input other than in the training period.

    The problem with current solutions is that a person won't use them unless they have already made up their mind to quit and have a strong drive to do so. Regular smokers that do not strongly wish to quit will never use them, and most current apps are very much based on complete withdrawal.

    Nowadays there are many available applications that help a user keep track of how much they smoke. These apps are normally associated with quit-smoking features, such as letting the user know how much money they saved by not smoking for X days, or the health benefits associated with that.

    However, these quit smoking apps completely depend on the user introducing the data. How many cigarettes do you have in an usual day? Did you have more or less than your usual day? Tell us every time you have a cigarette.

    Having to introduce this information is not just boring, it's guilt inducing and therefore the user is likely to give up on the app/product.

    This application uses sensor technology in wearables to deliver accurate and instant information regarding the user's tobacco usage. It keeps track of the cigarettes the user smoked without requiring the user to introduce that information themselves every time they smoke.

    The program will analyse this data to create a user profile, and be able to not only monitor and inform the user about expenses and health benefits but also compare and contrast it with previous time points if the user wants to do so. Therefore, this application can in real time inform the user if he/she has smoked more that day than the day before, or how it compares with the average of the previous week or month. This time-points will be chosen by the user to fit their needs, which will be different if they want to quit smoking, reduce smoking or just keep track of their habits.

    If the user chooses to provide additional, non-mandatory information such as the brand of cigarettes they smoke, this software will be able to deliver relevant information regarding the intake of chemical substances such as nicotine and tar.

    This monitor will allow the user to accurately keep track of how much they smoke without having to introduce the data themselves, therefore removing the boring, time-consuming and guilt-inflicting factor of using such an application.

    This application will use well established sensors present in wearable devices to measure user vital signs such as heart rate and surrounding characteristics such as air condition and distance to objects/places (is the user near a designated smoking shelter, is there a p...