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Katrin Michaelsen '24: Customizable Headache Tracking Application With Smart Watch Connectivity (Computer Science)
CUSTOMIZABLE HEADACHE TRACKING APPLICATION WITH SMART WATCH CONNECTIVITY
According to the WHO, up to 5% of adults have a headache every day, and about 12% suffer from migraines. As of the start of this project there were thirty free migraine tracking applications available on the Apple App Store. However, having analyzed these applications, the current selection does not achieve the level of user-friendly customizability required for such a varied disability. Furthermore, there was no application with a meaningful smart watch component. Consequently, the goal of this project was to create a prototype application for headache tracking that allows the user to personalize their experience, while taking advantage of modern technology to accommodate their busy lives. The first portion of this project was spent on carefully designing each aspect of the application, often drawing on personal experiences with migraine tracking applications for inspiration, both positive and negative. Next, each page of the application was created for the phone application. Basic functionality such as navigation bars and back buttons were added to each page. More complicated functions, such as the settings page and data storage, were added as a proof of concept. Next, a watch application was designed and implemented, including connectivity with the phone application. A general function – logging pain level – was added for proof of concept. While there are popular migraine tracking applications, the market is ripe for expansion and improvement. Taking advantage of modern technology and creating a more customizable and easy-to-use experience are two features that will significantly improve headache tracking.