Duke researchers using Android phones and wireless weight scales for weight loss study

Obesity is arguably the greatest public health crisis of our time — and many research dollars are going into various treatment modalities. Duke researches have started a study that utilizes Android phones and wireless weight scales to help patients lose weight.

The basic premise of the study: Patient’s weight themselves on scales that wirelessly send the result to an Android app. Based on how your weight is trending on the Android app — you are sent messages and information to your phone, turning your smartphone into a bit of a life coach.

Below is a video of the Duke researchers showing this technology:

Source: WCNC.com


Iltifat Husain, MD

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of iMedicalApps.com. Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Mobile App curriculum at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is also the founder of iPrescribeApps, a platform for prescribing apps to patients. Dr. Husain has given lectures on digital medicine globally. He went to North Carolina State University for undergrad and went to medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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