Introducing the Android Remote Sensing App (AIRS)

Do you have a smartphone and do you lead a stressful lifestyle? Well, the Android Remote Sensing App (AIRS) might just be what you need to help you beat stress.

AIRS was released on the Google Play platform for smartphones running the Android OS a few days ago. More than 10,000 people have already installed the app on their phones.

So what exactly does this Android Remote Sensing App do? Well, it’s pretty advanced if you ask me. According to the App’s description “AIRS is a platform for locally and remotely recording a large variety of phone-internal and attached physiological sensors, such as the Zephyr HxM heart rate monitor. Recording such data can serve many purposes, such as monitoring your physical activity.”


What all this techno mumbo jumbo actually says is that AIRS can detect stressful situations. It also takes other factors into consideration like your location, the weather, noise levels, calendar events, e-mails, SMS messages and calls. It can even work out the size of nearby crowds. The Android Remote Sensing App assesses your emotional state by analyzing the language and punctuation that you use in your text messages and your e-mails. It also has the ability to measure your physiological reactions – you will need to hook up your phone to heart rate sensors for that to work though.

If AIRS assesses that you’re too stressed out, it gives you the option to block your e-mails, text messages and calls. Because of the intimate nature of the data used, you have the option to destroy all your personal information if your smartphone is stolen.

The project’s Technical Manager has said that this kind of assisted living though mobile technologies is in its infancy, but it is essential that solutions adapt to people, not the other way around. He also said that systems should enhance lives and help involve individuals in the information that is having an impact on them. He also said that steering people to become self-aware of stress and activity management systems like this one could stop them from developing serious health problems later in life. AIRS was developed by Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

The Android Remote Sensing App is proof that there’s an app for almost anything on earth on mobile phones nowadays. Technology has truly come a long way over the last five years. Who would’ve thought that things like this would be possible in this day and age?

What do you think of AIRS? Leave a comment and let me know. I’d like to hear your thoughts. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.

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Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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