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Wholesome Data: ­sing It to Promote Healthy Behaviors

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Edmund Seto, a researcher at the University of California, Davis' Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society develops censor and cell phone technologies to connect people to relevant, real-time data about themselves and their environments.

The research is part of the CalFit project, which is creating applications that help users live healthier lives. Seto has been working with University of California, Berkeley professor Ruzena Bajcsy to develop a device that combines an Internet tablet, a mobile global positioning system, an accelerometer, a heart-rate monitor, and a radio transmitter.

Users wear the device, which records the heart rate and type of activity being performed, informing the user about how many calories are being burned. Seto also is using CalFit-like applications to see how people who live near or pass by different kinds of environments actually use them for exercise.

The research could help communities take control of their own environmental monitoring. In addition, as part of the Make Air Quality project, Seto recently held six workshops at a San Francisco-area high school, helping the students develop a less expensive air-pollution monitor.

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