A key challenge for mobile health apps is assisting people in maintaining a healthy lifestyle by automatically keeping track of their everyday behaviors without burdening them.
BeWell is the next generation in mobile health apps.
The BeWell app continuously tracks user behaviors along three key health dimensions without requiring any user input — the user simply downloads the app and uses the phone as usual
How does it do this? Classification algorithms run directly on the phone to automatically infer the user's sleep duration, physical activity, and social interaction. In addition to classifying activities that influence health, BeWell also computes a weighted score between 0 and 100 for each health dimension. A score of a 100 indicates that the user is matching or exceeding recommended guidelines (averaging eight hours sleep per day, for example). BeWell also promotes improved behavioral patterns via persuasive feedback as part of an animated aquatic ecosystem rendered as an ambient display on the smartphone's wallpaper screen.
BeWell is continuous sensing app that runs in the background and may impact your battery lifetime. BeWell is currently designed to run on newer, top end phones with better battery life. The user can remove the active wallpaper and run BeWell+ in the background to minimize battery draw if this is an issue.
BeWell has been tested on a limited number of Android phones: Nexus S, Nexus Galaxy, HTC one. We can't guarantee the performance of the app on other phones.
Future releases: more phones, better battery efficiency, more social wellbeing. Stay tuned.
Comments and tips on improvements to the app appreciated: [email protected]
* Better power management
* Hourly updates of local scores from phone to BeWell+ web site
* New data visualization on the BeWell+ web site