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System and method for mapping biometric stress levels to computer activity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237295D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 53K

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System and method for mapping biometric stress levels to computer activity

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System and method for mapping biometric stress levels to computer activity

Often times users live day to day without an understanding of what occurrences cause their bodies and minds to become taxed or "stressed." These occurrences are subjective and may be as simple as talking with managers on Sametime*, e-mailing a customer on a crisis situation, or simply editing an Excel** spreadsheet. It would be useful to map stress indicators with a particular time window, such that it can be correlated to a particular event or action. This would provide detailed feedback to a user as to what activities cause them the most stress throughout the day. Having this knowledge, may help them better deal with these subjective "stresses" and ultimately make for a healthier work environment.

Proposing an integrated (built-in) scanning device, that allows for monitoring of the users vital signs (temperature, pulse, perspiration), while working on the computer or while on the telephone. This information can be tied to a particular time frame which will give the user an idea about what they were doing when their biometric stress levels were increased. When the increase happens the user can correlate it to a particular activity or set of activities that will allow them to identify and better handle stress factors in their life.

The "scanner" like device embedded on the laptop or desktop keyboard will collect vital sign information from the user (heartbeat, pulse, body temperature). A time elapsed chart will be produced for a customized period of time (eg. 2 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours). During this defined time, elevations and "spikes" will be tracked and graphed. When a "spike" does occur (outside the normal range which is predefined.), the system will correlate the time of the spike to a particular activity that was transpiring at the time of the spike. This information will be provided to the user in graph form and will produce a description on each spike that describes the activity that was occurring at the time (eg.. Sametime with manager, or colleague X, typing email to large group of recipients, working in Lotus Symphony*, etc...)

Telephonic Usage Model:

If a user is not currently on their laptop, but is on the phone, there will be an option to have a wrist band and thermocouple that the user can wear to monitor pulse and temperature. This information will be sent wireless to the laptop via Bluetooth*** technology. Caller ID information (or tieline) will be sent across the bluetooth connection as well, so that a correlation can be made regarding stress levels and who is being communicated with. This option is important as much of our day to day activity is on the phone. Voice recognition can be use to identify individuals on the call and map activity and conversations with certain individuals that cause stress levels to increase.


If vital signs exceed a threshold of limits set by the user, a signal will be sent requesting help (911,...