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Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.
There is a multitude of ways to track aspects of your health these days, but making sense of all the data you collect is tricky. Addapp is a new app that aims to help you do just that.
Out now for iOS, Addapp gives plain English recommendations for action based on data from sources like Fitbit, Jawbone, Withings, Apple’s Health app, and even Foursquare and Uber.
Once you’ve connected the services you use, you’ll start to get simple prompts based on correlations between the different data sources.
I installed the app four days ago, feeding it my step count, distance traveled and heart rate from Apple Health, and my weight and body fat ratio from a Withings scale. I also connected Foursquare (I check in everywhere I go with Swarm).
Foursquare and Uber may seem like odd ones out on the list but they’re actually the most interesting. Kouris Kalligas, CEO and founder of Adapp tells me that Foursquare integration can help spot correlations between visiting lots of restaurants and gaining weight. “Also the other day I got an insight informing me I checked in seven times in food places and didn’t do much cycling, prompting me to cycle,” he says.
Uber integration is an interesting one, and something of a work in progress right now. “What we plan to do is use metrics like how many Uber drives you take, the distance you do with Uber and again correlate them and find patterns with your activity, your weight, your mood, and more,” says Kalligas.
Addapp for iOS includes an Apple Watch companion app that wasn’t available to test ahead of today’s release. An Android version is on the roadmap for later this year or next year, once the iOS version has bedded in and the userbase has (Kalligas hopes) scaled up.
Given that Addapp needs time to build up an understanding of your exercise and lifestyle habits, I haven’t got a great deal of value out of it yet. I’ll keep it running though, as there’s a lot of potential here. If Addapp can truly help users make positive lifestyle choices based on the data they already collect, it could be a very useful app indeed.
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