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Release date- 23062014 - A smartphone app which helps smokers wean themselves off nicotine by gradually reducing the strength of their e-cigarette has won a national competition funded by Vodafone
The system, called Relieve, was devised by a team of students from the University of
Relieve, which has been developed to proof-of-concept stage, hinges on a smartphone app which develops a personalised quit smoking programme for e-cigarette users, based on their daily usage. The app, which would be available to iPhone and Android users, communicates directly with a specially-engineered e-cigarette via a smartphone's Bluetooth.
The amount of nicotine released by the e-cigarette is gradually reduced over time. As the amount of vapour inhaled remains the same, the smoker is unaware of the subtle reduction.
The concept has now won first prize in a national technology competition run by telecoms giant
'It's still in the concept stage at the moment, but we have designed it to the point where if we wanted to build a prototype, we could make that happen. Once we had come up with it, it was one of those ideas that just made sense and you wonder why it doesn't already exist.
'Relieve is a revolutionary new way to quit smoking, and we think it would be a major help to people. We would be very excited to see it get put into production.'
The team was comprised of five students from different degree disciplines, each with a specific role. Robert developed the initial concept and the product logos, Mechanical Engineering undergraduate
Users get a progress reports on how their quitting is going, as well as daily facts about how their body is beginning to recover, and financial data on how much money the Relieve system has saved them. The app also allows them to share how they are doing over social media.
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