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