Dr. Farhad Javidi | Professor | Poet | Game Developer | Speaker

ACT ON IT with ActaNET

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ActaNET – Increase you Internet speed!

The increased amount of time that people devote to using computers, watching TV, socializing and playing video-games – “screen time” – is a significant factor in the global rise of obesity. According to the Milken Institute, there is a direct connection between spikes in technology adoption and subsequent increases in obesity rates. The human and economic cost for the increasing weight of the world is high. In the USA, the medical-cost burden due to obesity climbed to 9.1 percent of annual medical spending in 2006, from 6.5 percent in 1998. The Milken Institute also found that in countries with high ICT (Information and Communications Technology) investment rates, a 1 percent increase in the number of physically active people can prevent a 0.2 percent rise in obesity. We intend to address the global problem of obesity by creating ActaNET, a system which makes Internet speed contingent on physical activity. Category: IOT-Health.

With ActaNET, Internet speed can be adjusted based on physical activity levels. ActaNET can be used in homes, schools, workplaces or public spaces, and managed by parents, educators and employers, to encourage pre-determined levels of physical activity and facilitate collaborative fitness efforts.  In higher education settings, WiFi for personal use can be adjusted based on student/faculty/staff physical activity.  Municipalities that provide free WiFi can offer increased Internet speed based on citizens’ physical activity.  Internet providers can offer faster Internet speed, with no corresponding increase in price, to customers with a history of high physical activity levels.  In homes and schools, children playing multiplayer collaborative games can increase WiFi speed and be more competitive if they exercise before screen-time.  Teens watching streamed video can improve video quality by doing 50 jumping jacks before viewing.  Is your Internet slow?  ACT ON IT with ActaNET.

Obesity is a global problem, so the market for ActaNET is global.  Worldwide, there has been a startling increase in rates of obesity and overweight in both adults (28% increase) and children (47% increase) in the past 33 years, with the number of overweight and obese people rising from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013.  More than half of the world’s obese individuals live in ten countries: the USA (13+%), China and India (15% combined), Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Indonesia.  Over the past three decades, the highest rises in obesity levels among women have been in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Honduras and Bahrain, and among men in New Zealand, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the USA.  ActaNET can be used to encourage physical activity among children, adults and older adults, in multiple settings (home, school, workplace, public spaces, etc.)..

 

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