LiSC has collaborated and created several projects aimed at using social technology for promoting healthy lifestyles.
Playtter – A social tool for improving dietary behaviour. Users can use their phone to take pictures of their food intake, which is then socially converted to nutrition information using a tag system based on government diet recommendations. Playtter can then give personalised tips about positive dietary changes.
Tag-liatelle – A collaborative project aimed at using crowd-sourcing to support the maintenance of photographic food diaries. Users tag food photographs with textual tags, which are then used to generate caloric data from an international database of food nutrition.
Step Matron – Step Matron is a project created in partnership with the NHS, aimed at increasing the amount of exercise carried out by people while at work by provoking social competition among work colleagues. It intentionally uses simple technologies (no smartphones here!) to integrate smoothly with the working environment.