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NIH awards IAI a new contract to promote cardiovascular healthy by delivering computer-generated reminders for diet and exercise via desktop and mobile apps

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the USA. Approximately 37% of adults have at least two risk factors including inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Though daily exercise and a healthy diet will improve cardiovascular health, 78% of Americans exercise only occasionally or not at all and lack of motivation is a significant barrier. IAI has been awarded a contract to develop Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle Tips for Heart health (HEALTHe) that delivers personalized reminders on a user’s desktop PC and smart phone. IAI’s ongoing SBIR effort to develop a 3D affective avatar or virtual coach for physical rehabilitation of soldiers with traumatic brain injury will be leveraged. Health tips like “let’s take a break and stretch for a minute” can be provided in the workplace. In the morning, a health tip can be provided at home like “Packing an apple as an afternoon snack is a good alternative to visiting the vending machine. And it’s high in fiber and vitamins!” Additional reminders to eat healthy snacks could be delivered to both the desktop and mobile devices. HEALTHe can be personalized using its 3D motivational avatar with text-to-speech capabilities, configurable reminders and integrated usability/usage metrics that allow users to rate reminders. Further, HEALTHe uses cloud synchronization to synchronize user preferences between an online database and the user’s PC and phones, to update user’s devices with new reminders and to synchronize user preferences between all devices. Lastly, crowd sourcing allows users to add new content and share it with others. In combination with the usability/usage metrics, popular and useful content is propagated amongst all users.

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Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) is a technology innovation company headquartered in Rockville, MD. We specialize in providing advanced technology solutions and R&D services to federal agencies, and corporations throughout the United States and internationally. Leveraging agile R&D processes, a multi-disciplinary collaborative environment, and its substantial intellectual property portfolio, IAI excels in developing concepts into market-focused products and customer-driven solutions. IAI’s core R&D areas include: Air Traffic Management, Big Data and Social Media Analytics, Control and Signal Processing, Cyber Security, Education and Training Technologies, Health Technologies, Modeling and Simulation, Networks and Communications, Robotics, and Sensor Systems. For more information on IAI, please visit www.i-a-i.com.

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