A researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands has developed a smartphone-based activity tracker and coach that is sensitive enough to realize how an individual best responds to encouragement.

Harm op den Akker tested the new system for three months among a group of COPD patients. Using the coaching system, the patients carry a small movement sensor and a smartphone. The system calculates if it is advisable to take a rest or, on the other hand, have a walk. The system looks at the time of day, the weather, the surroundings of the patient and determines if the time is right for taking some exercise.

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