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dc.contributor.advisor Thomas B. Sheridan. en_US Hutchings, Cédric (Cédric Nils), 1976- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics. en_US 2005-08-24T20:17:21Z 2005-08-24T20:17:21Z 2002 en_US 2002 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2002. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaf 58). en_US
dc.description.abstract The overall objectives of the project were to conceive, design, implement and evaluate a portable personal health advisor. The system would integrate data from various sources and handheld computers on a real-time basis to provide "advice" (intelligent and knowledge) anytime and anywhere so that a consumer can take practical and immediate actions to maximize their vitality to enjoy life. The conception phase included the identification of technologies and approach to deliver personal and real-time advice at points of decision. Using this knowledge, I developed a prototype in the context of a person shopping in a pharmacy or market to ensure that foods, medicines or other products do not pose hazards relative to that person's known medical condition. In order to implement a real-life and thus estimate the usability and the user's perception of the system, we chose to focus on Type II diabetics in this first phase. A field test was run at a Research Laboratory of the major project sponsor, Procter & Gamble. The experiment confirmed the great appeal of decision-aiding system for people who have to manage strict or complex diet. It also underlined its design challenges, because even an ubiquitous device that provides "perfect advice" would promote a long-term behavior change only if human factor issues related to trust, privacy and user perception are carefully analyzed. It finally revealed the need for a trusted infrastructure, and some of the difficulties to overcome in order to implement the system in a large scale. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Cédric Hutchings. en_US
dc.format.extent 98 leaves en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Aeronautics and Astronautics. en_US
dc.title Handheld computer for personal health advice en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 51273127 en_US

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