Students hack gym cheats with new app
Those who visit gym just to get benefits from their medical aids’ wellness programmes are in for a rude surprise.
Five third-year software engineering students from the University of Johannesburg have devised an app that could bust those who stroll in and out of the gym without doing any exercise – except clocking loyalty points.
They showcased the app at the Discovery GradHack Hackathon, held at the JoziHub from July 27 to 29, and walked away as the overall winners.
The app can tell, using a gymgoer’s mobile phone, just how much exercise really happened in between the gym’s entrance and the exit.
The information is then relayed to a live website that medical aids can connect to using the app.
This way medical aids can tell if a member of their wellness programme has done any exercise.
The app will enable them to penalise those members who clock in to the gym only to score extra points.
“We think the tech we used was a big reason we won,” said Michael Brooke, co-leader of the Red Hot Techie Peppers student team.
“We could show everyone how swiping an Android phone on a machine’s NFC tag fed the exercise stats into our live website feed.”