Wellbie is an app that helps people getting motivated to do sport and to follow a healthy lifestyle. Interactive games such as Pokémon Go managed to reach a worldwide user base and motivate thousands of people to move. Wellbie is also an engaging gamified experience that helps you to make good decisions about your own wellbeing.
What it does
Wellbie is a fitness and lifestyle app that will track the user's exercise and mindfulness habits. It can be used with external sensors, e.g. a smartwatch, or with a mobile phone to track sports sessions and exercises. By offering a personalized health solution that comes with personalized exercises, personalized meals, interactive breathing exercises, and exercise posture correction powered by artificial intelligence.
The core of Wellbie - and what makes it different from other similar apps - is the gamification approach. For every exercise that is completed the user is immediately rewarded with points and can collect achievements. The points can be exchanged for real-life awards or discounts with health-oriented partners such as grocery stores, insurance companies, or sports stores. This will help the user to stay motivated for longer periods and help them to form healthy habits.
The app can also be used by medical personnel to prescribe and follow up on a set of prescribed exercises. And that’s not all, the app can also be branded and used by a company to promote and track employee wellbeing.
- Motivating users to exercise, eat healthily, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Gamification of exercises - collect points, achievements, and rewards.
- Correcting the posture during exercises to ensure a healthy workout.
- Breathing exercises that improve the overall wellbeing.
Challenges that Wellbie tackles
#3 Calling all wellbeing fanatics! (Zurich Insurance & Garmin) Wellbie understands from the start that every person and their health are unique. It offers a personalized approach to a healthy lifestyle starting from the first login by taking the user through a survey to learn their favorite sport and healthy food preferences.
Wellbie also wants to motivate the user. This is done by adding gratification experience to the health journey and turning a healthy lifestyle into a goal that the user is ready to work for. It is difficult to change habits and see results from changing the diet, sports routines and to begin a mindfulness practice with breathing exercises. It can be demotivating for the user to have to wait for weeks until they see results.
This is not the case anymore. Wellbeing will immediately reward the user with points for every exercise that will count towards levels and achievements. The achievements will help the user to stay motivated and keep forming healthy habits until they start seeing healthy changes in their body. Using data from a smartwatch or other compatible device will ensure that the user actually completes the exercises, and track how their health metrics (blood pressure, stress level, activity level) changes while they use the app.
In addition, they can also use Wellbie to connect and challenge friends or colleagues and share their health data with trusted third parties. All of this, of course, is fully personalized to the user’s preferences.
Wellbie - your personalized fitness journey
#4 Sustainability: a real challenge (Huawei) Wellbie is a health app that supports sustainability (SDG 3) ensures healthy lives and promotes wellbeing for all of all ages.
Wellbie uses Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) APIs for performing an exercise and film themselves in order to get suggestions for how to improve their posture. This is especially useful when doing yoga or similar sport, as well as any exercises with repeated postures, e.g. push-ups, planks, etc.
The Huawei Skeleton Detection API is leveraged to help the user perform an exercise in the correct way. The recording can furthermore be shared with a coach or medical personnel online for professional health feedback. This allows for deeper personalization of the users’ fitness journey.
Wellbie - finding the right exercises for you
#6 Hack to the future (Randstad) What will the workplace look like in 2028? Imagine a flexible, dynamic, and personalized experience that is tailored for the specific skills of an employee. It will be more and more difficult to distinguish between private life and work-life as work becomes more flexible. As this happens, their employer will also have a growing responsibility for employee wellbeing to ensure that the employee can recover properly from their work.
The solution for this is Wellbie. Wellbie is a fitness and lifestyle app that will track the employee's exercise and mindfulness habits. It can be used with external sensors, e.g. a smartwatch, or with a mobile phone to ensure an ergonomic sitting position and for doing breathing exercises during working hours. The app can be branded to fit a company’s visual identity.
The core of Wellbie - and what makes it different from other similar apps - is the gamification approach. For every exercise that is completed the employee is immediately rewarded with points and can collect achievements. The points can be exchanged for real-life awards or discounts with health-oriented partners such as grocery stores, insurance companies, or sports stores. This will help the employee to stay motivated for longer periods and help them to form healthy habits.
Wellbie also helps employees to connect with each other and add each other as friends. This can be used for team building in a workplace e.g. by organizing common sports events or by challenging each other to fulfill an achievement. This will be especially important when teams work on irregular schedules and the need for team-building exercises grows.
The future of work is coming - the future is Wellbie
#12 Digital Twin (SWICA) In Switzerland, there is no common way for sharing data between a patient, health professional, and the insurance company. This leads to situations where the wellbeing of the patient is endangered as they need to spend time transferring information from one party to another in order to get the treatment that they need. The missing tool is nowhere, it is called Wellbie.
Through Wellbie, The user can authorize healthcare providers to access their fitness data (sports habits, pulse, stress measurements, sleep habits, ..etc.) in order to gain a complete picture of the patient. The posture and breathing data can be shared to perform a better diagnosis of certain diseases. Insurance companies can access the data and offer challenges and rewards to promote a healthy lifestyle. Finally, the user can also authorize insurance companies and medical personnel to exchange data and decisions, in order to make it easier to find the right treatment or preventive exercises for the patient.
Wellbie - accessible data and collaboration for the wellbeing of the patient
#14 Stay comfy and get healthy (CSS) Breathing is important - everyone has to do it. In addition, it turns out that the breathing pattern and intensity have an influence on a person's wellbeing. It is an area of research that still contains several unexplored areas for how it impacts different aspects of health. The problem is to draw people's attention to how important it is to breathe in a healthy way.
Wellbie contains an interactive breathing exercise with a machine learning approach to detect how the user breathes and to provide feedback to the user about their breathing technique. The strength of Wellbie is that the breathing exercise is part of a larger app that contains points and rewards that the user is motivated to collect in exchange for real-life awards. This motivates the user to use the breathing minigame.
In addition, the user can choose to share their health data with third parties such as health providers or insurance companies to find personalized treatments. The user could also donate their breathing data for research purposes which would create a large database of breathing samples that can be automatically labeled by metadata from the user profile (age, gender, country, ...) with the user’s explicit permission.
Wellbie - track your breathing and develop healthy habits
How we built it
Each endpoint has an extensive documentation with payload examples.
Green Pipeline with Linters and automated requests tests! Woo-haa, all green!
Admin panel to edit main features and records in the database admin panel
We build a multi-class classification model via teachable machine to detect the breathing types; mouth inhale, mouth exhale, nose inhale, and nose exhale. Then we stored the model as a TFLite to be integrated with the mobile app.
Challenges we ran into
- Getting access to the Garmin API
- Finding the correct challenges to tackle in our solution
- Solving technical issues on the way
Accomplishments that we are proud of
- Working together as an international hybrid team
- Submitting a project to the hackathon
What we learned
- How to put together a hackathon project in one weekend
- How to think about the business plan for an app
What's next for Wellbie
- Developing a launchable MVP
- Collaborating with sponsors to offer customers rewards
- Marketing the app to new users