Consumers can soon expect artificial intelligence to be embedded in common household products that can even serve as personal health assistants. When paired with mobile apps, these smart household appliances turn into powerful tools that empower individuals to achieve their health goals.
For example, smart kitchen appliances such as connected blenders have the ability to analyze the nutrition of ingredients placed within it and suggest tips and healthy recipes tailored for the individual. Based on the user’s health goal, the mobile app can also suggest healthier ingredient alternatives.
Parents who are familiar with the daily challenge of getting children to brush their teeth will be glad that through gamification, children can now be motivated to use an electric toothbrush to improve their brushing habits. A connected app can turn the toothbrush into a controller for a game that gives children points for brushing all four quadrants of their teeth for the recommended two minutes. This simple yet vital activity has been proven to be the foundation for healthy teeth during the first few years of life.
UX designers found that gamification’s habit-forming potential could play a crucial role in engaging people to develop healthier lifestyle habits, particularly for those with chronic diseases4. Through gamification, diabetic consumers could be motivated to exercise more regularly and eat healthier meals that promote more stable insulin levels through a mobile health app that tracks and rewards their progress. The National Center for Biotechnology Information also found that apps with self-regulatory behavior change techniques such as goal setting, self-monitoring, and social support were associated with better outcomes5.