What happens to a person who hooks himself up to a remote activity monitoring device, and gets a foodnazi on the other end of the line? According to Aipermon GmbH & Co KG, a company specializing in remote monitoring systems, the person’s chances of weight loss more than triple. The company’s technologies are on display at the ongoing Medica 2007 in Düsseldorf.
Here’s a quick overview of AiperMotion, the company’s activity monitor involved in a study that was conducted at the Magdeburg University Clinic (for more products, including company’s AiperShirt telemetry monitor, illustrated below, see links at the end of the post):
The AiperMotion is a three-dimensional activity sensor (accelerator) for measuring, recording and motivating everyday activities.
The AiperMotion records the physical movement of the user in everyday situations and records these for 7 days. It generates various evaluations, taking personal values into account (sex, age, weight, size, length of step). The device calculates distances and the motoric calorie consumption from the intensity of movement, and distinguishes between various classes of movement:
Passive (physically motionless state, e.g. lying, sitting, standing, and similar) Active (movement without walking, e.g. work in the home, office or garden) Slow walking Fast walking Sporting activity (for example walking, Nordic walking or jogging)
The AiperMotion is simply attached to the waistband using the bag supplied, and its weight of approx. 70 g enables it to be used as a daily “movement conscience” which you always have with you. The evaluations show how active the user was in the last 60 minutes, the last four hours, the current day and the other six days of the week. Adjustable predefined values on the device help the patient to set targets and to monitor and motivate himself using the variance analyses in the evaluations.
For supervision of the programme, Aipermon provides a convenient option of data transfer with the AiperCoach Home System.
The AiperView software is available to make evaluations. When integrating the AiperMotion into a telemonitoring system, the user transfers his activity data to the Aipermon Service Center at the push of a button (via Bluetooth). The data is stored there to be retrieved by the programme supervisor. The programme supervisor is connected through the AiperView software to the Aipermon Service Center, and from there he can download all data to his PC. Through the AiperView software, he is provided with convenient evaluations. These can be used both for internal analysis and to generate written responses to the programme participants, sent by mail or e-mail.
As a further variation of the AiperView software, a local PC variant is being developed. This will enable the direct data transfer from AiperMotion devices via USB to the PC.