Student designs iPhone app to help users burn calories

West Suffolk College UCS student, Joseph Allison, has come up with a design for an iPhone app which would block access to other devices if the user hadn't burned off enough calories during the day.
West Suffolk College UCS student, Joseph Allison, has come up with a design for an iPhone app which would block access to other devices if the user hadn't burned off enough calories during the day.
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A BURY St Edmunds IT student has designed an iPhone application to encourage users to become more active and burn calories.

Joseph Allison, 26, from Wyverstone, is an applied computing degree student at UCS Bury.

As part of a research project to find out if an app could encourage people to exercise, he has designed one to block access to other devices if the user has not burned off enough calories during the day.

Joseph, inspired by his nephew’s inactivity after school, said: “People who feel they don’t exercise enough might be motivated to do more if they had an application designed to prevent them from using their Xbox 360, for example, if they haven’t exercised enough throughout the day. After a certain amount of calories have been burned, the app would transfer a signal to activate an infra-red socket, allowing power to the electrical device.”

The West Suffolk College Education Opportunity Trust has given Joseph £400 to develop his project, which he expects to complete by January.