Kyocera's new IoT service called "Daily Support" measures individual's activity, diet, sleep conditions and visceral fat through the combination of a smartphone and a new wearable device.
Call it beer belly or muffin top.
In a country whose government’s health, labor and welfare ministry and healthcare providers are obsessed with “metabolic syndrome,” Japan believes that visceral fat is the number one reason for rising healthcare costs in its aging population. The Japanese government and medical community see high visceral fat as a danger correlated with cholesterol, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other conditions.
Against this backdrop, it was perhaps inevitable for a high-tech company — in this case, Kyocera — to brainstorm a new service called “Daily Support,” designed to enable the measurement of an individual’s activity, diet, sleep conditions and visceral fat through the combination of a smartphone and a new wearable device.
Unveiling a partnership with The Association for Preventive Medicine of Japan Monday (Sept. 21), Kyocera laid out plans to offer the new service to “companies, health insurance unions and healthcare service providers seeking better health management for employees and clients.” The service is scheduled to launch this fall.
The amount of data and analytics provided by “Daily Support” appears versatile and comprehensive. To non-Japanese consumers, it might even seem a little invasive, given the fact that the data will be provided directly to healthcare providers.
In Japan, however, universal health care insurance system is long established. The government assumes its duty to educate the nation about everyday lifestyles on a continuous basis. So, Daily Support is deemed here as a needed tool for consumers and the national health system.
What to measure
Kyocera’s new wearable device called TSUC (pronounced “tsukku,” not “suck”) is as small as a document clip. Integrated with tri-axial acceleration and air pressure sensors, it measures “step count, calorie consumption, and status detection differentiations,” said Kyocera. The company also boasts that it’s smart enough to detect such differences as: “walking / running / riding vehicles such as bicycles vs cars /going up and down elevators vs escalators / climbing up and down steps vs slopes.”
Kyocera's new wearable device called TSUC
Well, now I’m tired.
The data is wirelessly transferred to a smartphone via TSUC’s integrated Bluetooth 4.0 chip. It supports both Android 4.4 and iOS 8.
Besides the amount of daily activity measured by wearing the TSUC device, users can calculate calories burned by selecting activity items such as housework and exercise at the gym, according to Kyocera.
The strength of Kyocera’s Daily Support service, however, resides in its smartphone app, which visualizes the user’s health condition by monitoring everything from sleep and visceral fat to diet and activities.
The app, for example, records the amount of time spent on meals and analyzes pictures of the meals to calculate calorie consumption.
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