Pet Buddy: an Augmented Reality Health Assistant

Pet Buddy: an Augmented Reality Health Assistant

The pet buddy application is an augmented reality project that can be installed on android devices. The main purpose of this project is to integrate the one of the latest trend in mobile application development which is the augmented reality to the field of health. The pet buddy health assistant will serve as your virtual pet, your partner every time you go on a walk and exercise.

Pet Buddy an Augmented Reality Health Assistant
Pet Buddy an Augmented Reality Health Assistant

So what is augment reality?

According to this link ( Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real-world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory and olfactory.

Review of Related Literature

This article presents some concepts that were used by the researchers for this study. These reviews of related literature and studies, both were presented specifically in related studies and related literature.

Augmented Reality and nutrition field: A literature review study

The study of Inga Saboia, Cláudia Pernencar, Mário Varinhos discusses about the application of augmented reality to health and nutrition field.

With the popularization of technology in displays, several built-in sensors, and smartphones software open possibilities in perceiving AR as a daily tool. This article summarizes how AR technology has been integrated into nutritional theme. The goal is to merge the existing information as a starting point for a new research project. To achieve that stage, a systematic review of the literature was conducted from 2012 until 2017 in the total of thirteen articles found. We reflected on these studies through information gathering and categorizing. Nine of them indicated a greater tendency, a technical approach. However, a concern with experiential issues was found, and six of these studies have shown to be superficial. Another interesting point searched was, prototypes or system development that recognize food products and its volume, is becoming an auxiliary tool for diet and nutritional education.

Game Designing       

            Sylvester (2013) claims that games must provoke emotion but, this does not every game must make players laugh madly, scream with rage, or break down and cry. In everyday speech, people often use the word emotion to refer only to the most extreme forms of passion like visible rage or grief; but most emotion is much delicate and more ubiquitous than this. Events in a game produce these small emotions. A minor distraction creates a pulse of frustration and makes a person grit teeth for an instant. A moment of indecision causes anxiety. Detecting and understanding delicate emotions is a designer skill. The primacy of emotion is one of the great unacknowledged secrets of game design. For instance, a person being asked about a game will give logical answers about the game being good or bad; but, usually, that logic is just an automatic rationalization for the emotions underneath. What really matters is how a game makes us feel. Unfortunately, game design discussions are still often shackled to the word fun and game design. The link is there, but it’s due to a coincidence of history, not a fact of reality.

Fun is an emotion; that sense of playful, merry exhilaration one feels on a roller coaster or in a friendly game of pickup soccer. It is a pleasurable emotion and a worthwhile design goal. But it is not nearly the only one. The researchers only focused on it because of where games came from. For most of history, there were no game designers and games were pieces of folk culture passed down through generations and enjoyed mostly by children. When adults played, it was typically as a short reprieve from there harsh, bland lives. In such a primitive environment, nobody needed a better term than fun to describe good games.

Game Programming
In game programming, James (2013), detailed that it is important to know what type of game is desired to be made. Most of the time, game developers work on the kind of games that they love to play. But, not all genres and formats of games fit well on the mobile platform, while some are perfectly suitable for games on the go. Even though the hardware and software for Android devices continue to be more sophisticated and powerful, bleeding-edge games that strain the limits of these devices’ memory and processing power may not be the best way to go. Developers need to keep in mind that most people would not have the latest and greatest devices, and if they want to target a wide part of the market, their games will need to run on older devices. In a word, the short answer to the question of what kinds of games are best for mobile are short.

Choosing the kind of game to make is not just a matter of deciding what type of game gamers like to play or which type of game they think will be the most marketable although both of these are important. The researchers considered genre first before moving on to other factors such as the number of players that affect design.

In programming Android games, the size of the button should be considered. The buttons should be large enough for easy interactivity and spaced far enough from each other so that the player does what they want to, when they want to do it.

The text should also be clearly readable, especially on smaller devices. The Android SDK lets the programmer scale text according to screen size, but any text embedded in graphics need to be readable across all resolutions.

One other important design decision that is often overlooked especially by beginning game developers is colorblindness. Up to 10 percent of males can have some form of colorblindness and if the game relies on color to differentiate between game elements, it may be difficult or unplayable to a significant segment of the market.

Data gathering and Documentation

In a book made by Brown (2010) about developing documentations for designing and planning entitled Communicating Design, the importance of data gathering in documentation is discussed. The book described design as a complex process composed of many smaller activities like listening, analyzing, evaluating, brainstorming, synthesizing, experimenting, composing, describing, discussing, exploring, reacting and countless others. Documenting is not one of these activities but, engaging in any of these activities yields artifacts such as diagrams, notes, sketches, lists, inventories, annotations, and larger documents that result from the act of performing the tasks. Documentation is the collection of documents prepared over the course of a project. It captures idea or data gathered and attempts to turn it to meaning information.

Each task requires input or data, and these artifacts that come from doing design are the same things that help feed the design process. The success of the task directly relates to the quality of the inputs and may be measured through the quality of its outputs. In other words, documenting is a way of utilizing the input or the data gathered to measure the success of a result. Gathering data for use in documentation contributes to the design process in many ways.

The proponents recommended android 4.0 for better result for gaming experience because the Apk files are very easy to install, just a few seconds and you will enjoy the game. The proponent mostly used the mobile setup and specification in order to run the system. This android system allows applying the several application systems into interactive and easy navigated system to android.  The craft of navigating the system will allow generating all the application to all types of android phones and gadgets.


            Seeley (2013) said that, Photoshop is unlike other common software interfaces which emulate virtual typewriters or graphing paper. Photoshop creates an artist’s virtual studio/darkroom. When the user open the program the user will see a toolbox on the left with tools use to manipulate images, and on the right, a white square which is “canvas” or work area. The gray area surrounding the canvas is not part of image, but only defines its edges.

Review of Related Studies

Throughout the research, the researchers found some related studies to prove that the propose system is feasible, including:

Tamagochi L.I.F.E

According to Matthew O’mara (February 14, 2013) for those who spent countless hours caring for their virtual pets, Namco Bandai Games Inc. Is bringing back the Tamagotchi as a downloadable smartphone application for Google Inc.”S Android platform and Apple Inc’siOS: Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. The pocket pet was released in North America in 1997. Tamagotchi itself is a hybrid of the Japanese word “Tamago” meaning egg, and the word “Watch.” According to the tamagotchi L.I.F.E website, more than 78 million Tamagotchi devices have been sold, not to mention the various releases on hand held systems.

TamagotchiL.I.F.E. released on the 16th birthday of the electronic pet, features more characters and higher resolution graphics, so the game looks the part on mobile devices. The game allows players to interact with the virtual pet in either game mode or app mode. Game mode looks like the traditional handheld device with the three buttons allowing you to feed, interact, and clean up after your pet. App mode is more streamlined allowing users on the go- though there are garish banners- to take care of their little pet. The Tamagochi game is a type of pet game, which allows the programmers/ proponent  used to conceptualize the extend of caring to pets, such as feeding them, providing them food, and care to be able to perform well in the interaction of the game.


According to Chad Ata (august 12, 2012) Furdiburb has been in development for nearly 3 years. Early on, the developers planned for a community-influenced project, so they released a minimally functional version in order to get immediate feedback. The earliest builds began with a focus on purely virtual pet aspects, resulting in a Tamagotchi-like experience. Users enjoyed these features but wanted more to do with the simple pet. Given this feedback the team (aka Team Furdi) decided to focus on the storyline of Furdiburb returning to his home planet via action and adventure gameplay. In summer of 2011 Team Furdi made the switch to working full-time on Furdiburb in order to pursue this goal.

Furdiburb is a virtual pet, puzzle, and adventure game mashed into one. Players care for their newly adopted pet by feeding and cleaning him. They may also customize his looks, furniture, and house with fun-themed designs. The main goal of the game is to explore gorgeous lands, play mini-games (fishing, star jumping, bug dodging, and music writing), and solve puzzles in order to collect parts to fix up a broken spaceship so that Furdiburb may return home one day.

Proponent adapted by the user to be able to learn for dodging, jumping and moving from one action to another interface. The system shall evaluate the system on the interaction bought the data explored, the value and the movement of the data.

Agawang Biik

According to The Icival (September 7, 2011) the development is a modern day interpretation of the traditional Filipino fiesta parlor game called “AgawangBiik”. In the traditional game, a pig is placed in a mud filled ring and participants will try and catch the pig. Whoever catches the pig will win a prize. In this modern interpretation, the user controls the pig as it tries to escape from hordes of game participants. This game was created as a thesis project by students of Informatics Computer Institute Valenzuela (Philippines) taking up Advanced Diploma in Gaming and Animation Technology.

The proponent allows relate the system to the current development, the application must give ideas to the programmer to what aspects the system must be simulated, and the application that the system must be applied. The use of piggy rush must have evaluated by the proponent to be able for the programmer to evaluate the idea of moving the interaction of the user to the android apps.

Piggy Run

According to Dexit (September 7th, 2011) the Piggy run is one of the best Piggy games. Help the Piggy in its adventure to run away from the farmer. Help Piggy Rush to end of the levels to reach its baby Piggies. Piggy Run is more fun if you compete with your friends and find out who can help the Pig run free first. Piggy Run is the only Pig Run game with awesome levels and great looking animations for celebration at end of each level.

Pig run is more fun if you learn how to make the pig fly and run. There are very few pig games that are as much fun as this one. Piggy Run is similar to other jumping, arcade games only more fun. Download Piggy Run and have hours of fun.

Play this Piggy Adventure game any time. Multiple Piggy levels including City, Ghetto and many awesome looking levels. Help Piggy rush to each of these levels and not become a Piggy Pie at dinner table.

The awesome features that the Piggy rush as adopted by the proponent, is the concept of a level by level stages of the game, the goal system of the game, as well as the aspects of monitoring the movement and skills of the pets. This also includes the strategy game movement of the player to interact with the system users.


According to Dragopet (August 9, 2013) the Pet we will become a guardian of a mystic dragon. Before we begin playing with our virtual 3D pet, we will receive an egg to take proper care of it. When it will hatch you will step into an epic adventure of living, having fun and taking care of a unique animal living in your phone. The first thing you’ll have to remember is that your little magic creature lives all the time in your device like in tamagotchi! It is not simply being saved when you exit the game. It is always alive and may notify you at any time it needs your help.

The Proponent decided to choose features because it attain the goals of the dragon, and make the level up game which might be related to the proposed android app game. The game is an objective game that allows the system monitoring concepts of the speed, the powers and effectively monitoring the speed of the dragon.


Town Little Pet Shop

According to ANPT.GlosoftPEHM-Development Company( August 23,2013) the  immersed in the LITTLEST PET SHOP world and collect your favorite pets Help BLYTHE and her friends, Minka, Penny, Pepper, Russell, Sunil, Vinnie and Zoe to adopt, take care of and entertain cute little pets!

The features are 150 pets to collect! Dogs, cats, bears and more, Wash them, feed them and play with them in fun mini-games, Build houses and play areas to welcome and entertain even more pets, Visit your friends and find the hidden objects in their towns. Littlest Pet Shop is free to play, but if you wish you can enrich your experience by purchasing game items with real money. You can disable in-app purchases by adjusting your device’s settings.

The Proponent used the Little Pet Shop as the medium of instruction in creating the system as the guide in order to possibly do the system. The system is evaluate to be able to address requirement of the proposed system in dealing with the movement of the data, the movement of the characters /sprite (Potchi). This serve as a guide in the development of the characters in the game, the scores obtain by the gamer, goals are fully adapted by the proponents.

Big Fish Family

According to Paul Thelen (September 7th, 2011) the farm fish from all around the world, and help keep Fisher’s Family Farm afloat, in this fast-paced Time Management game! Help Marissa Fisher feed her fishy friends as they produce delicious goods that you can sell. Collect fantastic upgrades to protect your ponds from pesky predators and meet your goals to advance to the next farm. Visit and manage gorgeous farms in great locations Exciting gameplay. Feed and care for the fish and choose your favorite way to protect them from the pelicans. Big Fish is the leading global marketplace to discover and enjoy casual games. You can enjoy our virtually endless selection of games anytime, anywhere — on your PC, Mac, mobile phone, or tablet. Learn more at

The Big Fish Family is software adapted by the proponents, which for most features of the proposed game has been adapted from this app. The Level up game scenario, extension of lives, the features of feeding the fish, and as well as the mapping of the different sites and scenarios of the game.

Pedometer Application

The pedometer application generally mimics the functions of the pedometer device. Therefore, this application can count user steps, show the approximate distance, speed and the number of calories burned. Accupedo-Pro Pedometer (LLC, 2013) is an example of this kind of application. Because this application measures the approximate distance calculated from user’s paces, it cannot measure user’s speed accurately, thereby affecting the precision of calorie calculation.

Big Fish Game

According to Bigfishgames (September 7, 2011) the Play Angry Birds Games are the most playing and latest games in the world. Angry Birds is an exciting physics-based game. You dish out revenge upon the green pigs for stealing the birds’ eggs by firing the Angry Birds at the green pigs’ castles. You’ll find here the many exciting games with and about Angry Birds, which you will love to play all these. From the many latest versions out on the internet we select the best and highest quality angry bird’s games. The game has amazing graphics and sound effects. In fact, the physics of angry birds also stands above the crowd. You can find latest collections of free Angry Birds games which are very good flash games provided for our game lovers.

The proponent has been used by the proponent as a guide of the role playing data in the system, it monitors the system guide in targets of the game, objectives of the games, and as well as to monitor the game levels of according to the script of the game.

According to Bigfishgames (September 7, 2011) from the Cheetah to the Owl, from the Kangaroo to the Sea Turtle and so much more. Mini Pets lets you shelter and take care of the cutest animals on Earth. There are literally hundreds of animals. (More than 120 and counting) Fully customizable shelter with many items on the Market, Buy amazing decorations, vegetation, and shops to keep your visitors happy. The shops are also an important source of revenue to your animal shelter.

Since Potchi App is an android game that is fully cared by the pet lover, the concept that modifies the character is being cared by the pet lover, and as well as the concept of the monitoring of the pets. In this the proponent uses the structure and flow of the system.

Calorie Counting Application

Android calorie counting application is an application that helps users to keep track of their meals, exercise and weight. An example of Android calorie counting application is Calorie Counter by FatSecret (FatSecret, 2013). This application works by providing necessary information such as nutrition facts on foods and number of calories burned in each exercise mode. The number of calories burned by user’s activities will be counted and recorded in the application. Since the calorie counting process does not come from the real practice, the result may be incorrect.

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