Navigation Links
Pitt researchers develop eButton, an easier way to monitor food intake, exercise, and lifestyle
Date:11/9/2011

PITTSBURGH -- People attempting to lose weight won't need to track their daily food intake anymore, thanks to a wearable, picture-taking device created at the University of Pittsburgh. eButton -- a device worn on the chest (like a pin) that contains a miniature camera, accelerometer, GPS, and other sensors -- captures data and information of health activities, eliminating the need for daily self-reporting. The eButton prototype was the result of research from a four-year NIH Genes, Environment, and Health Initiative grant that ended this year.

"eButton was created to combat obesity, which has become a widespread problem in the United States," said Mingui Sun, lead investigator and Pitt professor of neurosurgery and electrical and computer engineering at the Swanson School of Engineering. "This disease affects 60 percent of people and costs our country upwards of $225 billion in direct and indirect costs."

The eButton's reporting extends even further than food and exercise: It can determine the amount of time wearers spend watching TV or sitting in front of a computer screen and how much time they spend outdoors. It tracks where food is bought, how meals are prepared, which restaurants are visited, and what items are ordered. The device analyzes how long the wearer spends eating, what foods and beverages are consumed, and how the wearer interacts with family or friends at the dining table. According to Sun, all of these factors determine participants' caloric intake and expenditure.

"This multidimensional approach looks at the overall health of eButton wearers, which is more important than just food and exercise alone," said Sun. "We have to take into account how people live, not only what they eat or how they exercise at the gym."

Retrieving the results of eButton is convenient, added Sun, who says it's as easy as transferring pictures from a digital camera onto a computer. To protect participants' privacy, the data are cod
'/>"/>

Contact: B. Rose Huber
rhuber@pitt.edu
412-624-4356
University of Pittsburgh
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Berkeley Lab researchers create first of its kind gene map of sulfate-reducing bacterium
2. Do plants perform best with family or strangers? Researchers consider social interactions
3. University of Saskatchewan, Royal Ontario Museum researchers track half-billion year old predator
4. UMMS researchers identify epigenetic signatures of autism
5. Researchers using new technology to study breath for toxins
6. 22 young researchers join the 2011 EMBO Young Investigator Program
7. Researchers discover genes involved in colorectal cancer
8. UBC researchers devise new technology to monitor brain aneurysms
9. Medical researchers make important research link between active ingredient in saffron and MS
10. BGSU researchers harness power of genome institute for Great Lakes study
11. Caltech researchers find pulsating response to stress in bacteria
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/5/2014)... MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. , Dec. 4, 2014 ... and safety has boosted investments in new testing ... products has also given rise to a range ... driven by the requirements of Generation Y, which ... digital technologies. As a result, product development strategies ...
(Date:12/3/2014)... -- As part of our commitment to offering the ... announce the release of a new reader that will ... data that they need. The Atlas 2000 ... readers. Many such devices have serious shortcomings when it ... models force users to navigate numerous complicated steps in ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... Wash. , Nov. 20, 2014 C-Labs ... for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the ... of chief operating officer. Previously a strategic advisor to ... finance, and operations. Mr. Traynor is based out of ... . He reports to Chris Muench , Chief ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Emerging Technologies Enable Smarter Monitoring of Assets, Push Industrial Testing, Inspection and Monitoring Market 2Emerging Technologies Enable Smarter Monitoring of Assets, Push Industrial Testing, Inspection and Monitoring Market 3Emerging Technologies Enable Smarter Monitoring of Assets, Push Industrial Testing, Inspection and Monitoring Market 4Inception Technologies to Release New Biometric Reader 2C-Labs Names Former Microsoft and Bsquare Executive as Chief Operating Officer 2
... play a bigger role than food alone, when it comes ... evidence over the past 150 years found that the effects ... override the effects of food alone on tooth decay. The ... Obesity Reviews . Professor Monty Duggal, an author ...
... Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) has selected Daniela ... one of four young investigators in the nation ... is a postdoctoral fellow in Georgetown,s Lombardi Comprehensive ... and Molecular & Cellular Biology. In the ...
... Sawyer will use a $120,000 grant from the Foundation for ... the cells it attacks have evolved together over time. The ... drugs. When HIV infiltrates cells, the virus hijacks its ... It has been recently found that the retrovirus hijacks about ...
Cached Biology News:GUMC young scientist selected postdoc Fellow at National Space Biomedical Research Institute 2Evolutionary biologist will study HIV with grant from AIDS research foundation 2
(Date:12/24/2014)... December 23, 2014 Pipette.com announces their ... Twitter followers can submit their #HolidayInTheLab pictures for a ... lab mates. , For those struggling to think of ... Pipette.com Holiday in the Lab Contest provides the ideal ... followers to send pictures of their chemistree, holiday ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... , December 23, 2014 ... Algeria , out today and available for free download ... actors driving change and growth in the sector today. ... scored notable successes has been in developing a homegrown pharmaceutical ... percent local production still remains some way off. A cursory ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... NEW YORK , Dec. 23, 2014 ... pilot study of mazindol in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity ... in December 2014 . The paper, ... with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder" ( Konofal et al, ... 1;8:2321-2332. eCollection 2014 ) shows that mazindol might ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... , Dec. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - RepliCel Life Sciences ... medicine company focused on the development of autologous cell ... of the University of Calgary in conjunction with co-authors ... which further validates the company,s ongoing clinical research using ... of pattern baldness. The paper entitled " ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Major Pipette Distributor Pipette.com Announces their Holiday in the Lab Contest 2PharmaBoardroom Releases New Algeria Pharmaceuticals Report 2PharmaBoardroom Releases New Algeria Pharmaceuticals Report 3Redefining ADHD: A New Approach & A Shift of Paradigm in ADHD Therapeutics 2Redefining ADHD: A New Approach & A Shift of Paradigm in ADHD Therapeutics 3Newly Released Peer-Reviewed Publication Further Validates RepliCel's Use of Dermal Sheath Cup Cells to Treat Pattern Baldness 2Newly Released Peer-Reviewed Publication Further Validates RepliCel's Use of Dermal Sheath Cup Cells to Treat Pattern Baldness 3Newly Released Peer-Reviewed Publication Further Validates RepliCel's Use of Dermal Sheath Cup Cells to Treat Pattern Baldness 4Newly Released Peer-Reviewed Publication Further Validates RepliCel's Use of Dermal Sheath Cup Cells to Treat Pattern Baldness 5
... LEXINGTON, Mass., June 24 Instrumentation Laboratory,(IL) today ... Premier 4000,critical care analyzer. The recipient for this ... IL began shipping the new GEM Premier 4000,analyzers ... The remarkable,commercial success of this breakthrough analyzer underlines ...
... IRVINE, Calif., June 24 Stason Pharmaceuticals, ... announced,today that it has appointed Diana Wood ... be responsible for all business development,functions, including ... is a senior executive with extensive experience ...
... British Columbia researchers has developed a technique that controls ... superconductors, a procedure considered impossible for the past two ... the team deposited potassium atoms onto the surface of ... the scientists to continuously manipulate the number of electrons ...
Cached Biology Technology:Instrumentation Laboratory Ships 1000th GEM Premier 4000 Analyzer to Scripps Health 2Instrumentation Laboratory Ships 1000th GEM Premier 4000 Analyzer to Scripps Health 3Stason Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Appoints Diana Wood as Vice President, Business Development 2UBC physicists develop 'impossible' technique to study and develop superconductors 2
... useful for routine procedures. Hollandes contains formaldehyde ... will decalcify small bone specimens. Tissue that ... successfully with most stains, and the cupric ... cell membranes and cosinophil and endocrine cell ...
... CHEMICON's In Vitro Osteogenesis Assay Kit ... MC3T3-E1cells to a mature osteoblastic lineage, as ... this kit provides all the necessary reagents ... a standard plate reader. This product is ...
... gold standard for automated bioresearch: Developed ... applications • Based on decades of ... accessories designed for bioresearch • Holographic ... Versatility, reliability and ease-of-use • Pulsed ...
... Using information-rich MSn data, the patent-pending ... multiple levels of fragmentation, isotope pattern ... to accurately determine the correct formula ... approaches for deducing empirical formulae from ...
Biology Products: