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Submitted on April 01, 2013

What problem are you intending to solve?

Virtual fitness studio. Achieving fitness goals requires peers and a place to meet. Convenient and easy, an online studio for anytime+anywhere fitness with peer groups for a better life.

What is the technological approach, or development roadmap?

KinectHealth makes executing a fitness program convenient by making group fitness available anytime and anywhere via an online studio. Individual motivation is driven by three key features: HD workout videos, calorie tracking via motion sensing and a data connection to workout buddies. Programmable gigabit networks, mobile devices and connected TV's with intelligent sensors enable real-time sharing of video, 3D scans, heart rates and bio-metric measurements. KinectHealth leverages this technology to create communities with similar fitness goals to increase success rates through creation of convenient online fitness groups. Watch our demo video.

The application features three UI elements: Dashboard, studio and journal. Dashboard tracks progress with workout selection, studio houses the fitness activity and the journal is a video record of all your sessions. While in the studio, a standard webcam or Kinect sensor is used to translate motion into a fitness level which is shared to all participants.

As a result of 2 rounds of development with the Mozilla Ignite community a Windows 8 application is completed for availability starting April 17. Windows 8 offers a wide variety of form factors including tablets, laptops and PC's. When on a gigabit network, HD content can be easily shared to large displays with full resolution enabling a realistic experience which contributes to the success of the fitness participant.

Dev Round 1: Prototype, Video demo & Early validation, COMPLETED Validated customer demand in two areas: gym members who use fitness classes and pediatricians working with obese children. Over 100 beta testers signed up.

Dev Round 2: Production build on Windows, 10 weeks, COMPLETED During round 1, we learned that building the application native (vs. browser) would result in best performance and user experience. This design required us to do more client development, but the end result is an application which can take full advantage of native hardware. Specifically the application is tasking the network, CPU and sensors heavily. A proprietary computer vision algorithm is used which converts motion into a fitness intensity level and calorie counter. Completed: new video demo, added 5 trainers, 20 hours of HD fitness content, production application on windows 8, partnership with Microsoft and 150 beta testers. Collaborated with Virginia Tech on 100gigabit Internet2 proposal.

Dev Round 3: iOS + biosensor + gig deployment, 14 weeks Convenience removes excuses and encourages participation. We will build an iOS version of KinectHealth to increase market reach. A wireless biosensor will be integrated into the platform to supplement the computer vision to increase resolution of data collected. We will engage fitness professionals in Kansas City and Chattanooga to deploy this application on these gig networks.

How will end users interact with it, and how will they benefit?

Enterprises benefit by deploying to employees for better health, higher productivity and lower insurance cost. Children with obesity reverse the trend toward diabetes by meeting with other peers every day for fitness games. Busy moms meet their fitness goals by reducing the time it takes to get in a group class on a daily basis. Jet-setting entrepreneurs keep energy up by using KinectHealth on the go in hotels, offices or any open outdoor space. Diabetics managing their disease use KinectHealth to keep on tract with therapy goals. Elderly improve quality of life through engaging social group activities which feed the mind and body. This virtual fitness experience is available on big and small screens as a native app. Adhoc or scheduled live video fitness sessions are set up for the participant. Text/email is sent to all participants so they remember to get online. A fitness dashboard tracks progress of individuals and groups. Visually, participants will be able to clearly see how their body is changing as KinectHealth takes pictures + video along the way. Showing them the physical transformation reinforces the program for long term success. Consumers who are not on a physical fitness routine or require home physical therapy can benefit. With different fitness levels and profiles the applications could be to anyone interested in keeping in shape. "I don't want to work out alone" or "I can't get to the gym" are no longer valid excuses.

How will your app leverage the 1Gbps, sliceable and deeply programmable network?

GENI and OpenFlow will allow us to explore real-time data sharing with different routing methods for multi-point and broadcast sessions with recording ability. Embedding custom routing in the network will improve performance/user experience and reduce server resources for this required capability. GENI racks being installed in our community via Virginia Tech/NSF. KinectHealth used in NSF proposal for 100gigabit link to Internet2 research applications. App scales based on network capacity and latency enabling: * more people per session * broadcast a training session * higher resolution for realism * real time feedback between participants * cloud based computing analysis for assessment, tracking and validation

Further application information

Additional supporting information, materials and resources

Read about project updates - project blog

Take a look at the existing code - project repository

Will your work be beta-ready by the end of the Development Challenge?

Yes, we launch our first app on April 17.

How much effort do you expect this work to take?

Windows app completed, see video. 14 weeks remain to move to iPad for greater market reach.

Do you need help?

Partners: Introductions to fitness gurus who can evaluate and evangelize our product. Participants: Seeking participants to use the application and provide the needed early feedback. Funding: Seeking capital sources to rapidly scale the vision.

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Bob Summers

Addicted to digital communication since my first connection at 300 bps. Now enjoying the opportunity to play on a gig network. Virginia Tech and MIT grad who is passionate about Internet applications which make our lives better. Video networking expert who worked on CUSeeMe, wrote the Microsoft Netmeeting Book and over 3 million downloads of his video chat software.

and team members

Our team is comprised of software, fitness and health professionals with a common goal of using technology to improve the health of our world. Bob Summers has over 20 years of experience with social video applications having led iSpQ Videochat and BuddyVision to 3 million users. He is also on a fitness journey, completing two half-marathons and 569 miles in 2012. His partner in life, Teggin Summers, has been the motivator to achieve this goal.

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