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Wearable Device Captures Dietary, Exercise And Other Lifestyle Data For Weight-Watchers

November 9, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
University of Pittsburgh scientists have created a wearable device for weight-watchers that automatically captures a wide variety of data and other information on various health activities, eliminating the need for self-reporting. The eButton can be worn on the chest like a pin. It includes a miniature camera, accelerometer, GPS and other sensors. According to researchers, the eButton extends beyond food and exercise by recording time spent watching TV or sitting at a computer. It tracks where food is bought, how meals are prepared, which restaurants are visited and what items were ordered. The eButton is not yet available commercially: it is being tested in a pilot study estimating the caloric intake and physical activity levels of participants.
Mingui Sun, "Researchers Develop eButton, an Easier Way to Monitor Food Intake, Exercise, and Lifestyle", News release, University of Pittsburgh, November 09, 2011, © University of Pittsburgh
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