13 Oct A cool-tech approach to happiness and life coaching!
A life coach in your pocket
Tags: Patterns, Labs, Mobile Phone, Body
Alex Kass, Accenture
Published: 11 Oct 2007 16:29 BST
Imagine a world where a device in your pocket lets you know whether you are managing your time well, talking too much on a sales call, or getting enough sleep. And imagine that device being used to deliver on-the-job learning at the point of need – helping to develop employees by allowing them to set specific goals, then giving them objective measures of whether their behaviour patterns match the goals they’ve set.
Sounds like science fiction? As is often the case these days, the idea is closer to reality than you think. Accenture Technology Labs has developed a prototype Mobile Personal Services Platform (MPSP), which makes it possible to develop applications that can transform a mobile phone into a customised personal coach.
This platform has been enabled by two technological trends: the dramatic increase in the capabilities of mobile smartphones, and the emergence of small, wearable sensors that can be used with these devices to provide data about a user’s body, behaviour and physical environment. Our prototype software uses these technologies to give people personalised feedback and advice on everything from nutrition to the art of conversation.
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