Mobile Health pp 265-281 | Cite as

mHealth Sensors and Applications for Personal Aid

  • P. S. SousaEmail author
  • D. Sabugueiro
  • V. Felizardo
  • R. Couto
  • I. Pires
  • N. M. Garcia
Part of the Springer Series in Bio-/Neuroinformatics book series (SSBN, volume 5)


The evolution of medical equipment and health care involves the miniaturization and autonomy of devices that are responsible for medical monitoring, screening and even therapeutic actions.

The latest generation of smartphones is increasingly being considered as handheld computers rather than as cell phones, due to their powerful on-board computing capability, capacious memories, large screens and open operating systems that encourage new application development. Recent medical applications for smartphones, such as the ones based on Android, Apple iOS, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, and Windows Phone, can be highlighted.

In this chapter, a review on this thematic is presented, and some of the most relevant projects in the monitoring and training lifestyles framework, such as a physical activity application, a platform for motivating behavior change, and an application to detect moments of stress using georeferencing.

The development of smartphone platforms and applications allows the creation of portable solutions for personal aid that are accessible anywhere and, most important, easily accepted by the user.


Mobile health Smartphones Mobile communication Mobile applications Monitoring lifestyles Training lifestyles Behavior change Emotional cartography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. S. Sousa
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. Sabugueiro
    • 1
  • V. Felizardo
    • 1
  • R. Couto
    • 1
  • I. Pires
    • 1
  • N. M. Garcia
    • 1
  1. 1.ALLab – Assisted Living Computing and Telecommunication Laboratory, Instituto de TelecomunicaçõesUniversity of Beira InteriorCovilhãPortugal

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