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AI: Your supportive wellness companion

Jul 11, 2019

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It’s taken you a few months to recover from winter’s effects. Now that you’ve thawed out and peeled away the layers, you’re ready to get your mind and body in a good place for the summer months and beyond. You’re excited to make wellness your new priority, but where to start? Look no further than your AI-powered phone and the wearable on your wrist. With on-device AI and the cloud, these wellness companions can make it easier than ever to track your physical and mental health.

On-device AI can help make existing experiences, like travel and wellness, more intuitive. It refers to the data processing that occurs on the device rather than solely in the cloud. Localizing AI reduces latency, increases security, and saves network bandwidth and power. When combined with trained algorithms, user history, and dedicated AI accelerators in the cloud, your devices could provide helpful recommendations and personalized, AI-enabled experiences.

Picture this: Your phone’s digital fitness assistant could design a plan catered to you. Its on-device AI could work in concert with the cloud to recommend nutritious recipes and healthy restaurants in your town, so you’re presented with nourishing options. If you’ve got a busy schedule, your phone could encourage mental health breaks. And for physical health, it could work with your wearable to collect digital health data and identify any irregularities, notifying you in case you’d like to share its findings with your doctor. These are just a few of the mobile health technology benefits on-device AI could make possible.

Develop a personalized fitness plan

One of your wellness goals is to get back on track with your fitness. You want to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule, but you’re not exactly sure what types of activities will benefit you most. Luckily, your phone’s digital assistant was able to create a personalized fitness plan based on your health history, your doctor’s suggestions at your last check-up, your current measurements (including your height, weight, and BMI), and data from your mobile health apps, including your calorie calculator, step counter, and sleep tracker. So, when you hit the gym this morning, your digital assistant suggested warming up with full-body stretches and a one-mile run on the treadmill (that’s sure to get your heart rate up).

Added bonus: Later in the day, when you were sitting at your desk, your wearable reminded you to move because you’d been stationary for too long. It also suggested that you walk a little bit farther than you typically do on your commute — so you could get your recommended number of steps in for the day.

How it works: Nestled in your device is a digital fitness assistant that’s powered by on-device AI and enhanced by an AI accelerator in the cloud. Over time, it learns your preferences to create custom experiences, including a fitness plan that’s catered to you. In order to achieve this personalization, it could work with your wearable that’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform to pull from sensor data — such as the environment, gyroscope, and heart rate — and combines it with on-device (your calendar, messaging, and apps) and off-device (cloud and IoT) data. Together, this data provides the contextual intelligence your device needs to suggest a new exercise regimen that aligns with your health history.

The Snapdragon Wear 3100 also ties into the Google Fit ecosystem, which was designed in conjunction with the American Heart Association. One of its initiatives is called Move Minutes, which encourages you to make small, healthy changes during the day such as taking the stairs instead of the escalator.

Eat healthier

During your recent appointment, your doctor, knowing you’re a vegetarian, also discussed whether you were meeting your protein needs. With that in mind, your AI-powered mobile app now generates a custom nutrition plan that suggests protein-rich recipes you can prepare at home. This evening, when you were too lazy to cook, the app recommended that you take a stroll to that healthy (and hearty) eatery that’s 10 minutes from your apartment. Your doctor would be so proud.

How it works: Mobile applications with integrated AI capabilities could log your activity while you exercise and correlate the data with information from the cloud. Hoping to cut down on sodium or sugar? An app that uses AI could consider your blood pressure and blood sugar rates to suggest recipes that use less salt and sugar. Looking to slim down while still enjoying a dinner out with friends? The app could take into account your current weight, your exercise regimen, and your weight goals to recommend restaurants that serve low-calorie, high-protein entrées.

Remind you to re-center

Lately, you’ve been working long hours, and you’ve noticed you’re a bit (OK, maybe more than a bit) stressed out. Although you’ve been getting your steps in and sticking to a healthy diet, you know your mental health also plays a large role in your path to wellness and happiness. It’s a good thing your phone’s digital assistant now creates reminders for you to practice five-minute meditations whenever possible; it was particularly helpful today after back-to-back-to-back meetings. You’re feeling nice and relaxed now. Ommm, indeed.

How it works: When your day gets busy, mobile applications that use AI could remind you to meditate by cross-referencing cloud data with your on-device data, such as your calendars. They could also recommend short meditations that are designed to fit your schedule. Over time, these applications could track your progress, tweaking meditations and breathing exercises based on the sensor data input from your wearable and phone.

Collect and analyze health data

Your body is a temple. You know it. Your wellness companions know it now, too. Since you started your wellness journey, your phone and wearable know that you take at least 20,000 steps a day (today was close to 30,000!) and your heart rate is normal. Your phone’s also collected data about your sleep habits, and knows that you haven’t been sleeping well — less than five hours a night. This is definitely information you’ll want to share with your doctor.

How it works: Many of Qualcomm Technologies’ wearable platforms, such as the Snapdragon Wear 3100 include features that make it possible for users to track their wellness. Devices with the platform and appropriate built-in sensors can collect valuable health data, including your heart rate and pulse. When on-device AI analyzes this sensor data, it can compare the information with its trained data sets to detect any anomalies. It could notify you of any notable differences in the personal data collection, which you can present to your primary care physician. With all of these AI-powered tools at your disposal, you’ll have the proper guidance to keep your body and mind in check.

Qualcomm Technologies invents solutions designed to enrich and help improve lives, and that includes achieving your wellness goals. With on-device AI, we’re helping to make your phone the ideal wellness partner, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for mobile devices.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

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