Kicking the habit with a smartphone app


A team of five students from across several degree disciplines at the University have gained national recognition for their work in creating a smartphone app to help smokers wean themselves off nicotine by gradually reducing the strength of their e-cigarettes.

The system, called “Relieve”, which has been developed to proof-of-concept stage, is centred on an iPhone or Android app that communicates directly with a specially engineered e-cigarette via Bluetooth, and allows users to share their progress over social media.

The concept won first prize in a national competition run by Vodaphone UK to find the most innovative new uses of mobile technology.

Bryan Hill, Technology Innovation Manager at Vodaphone UK said: “We were particularly impressed with the originality, depth of research and presentation of the concept. It met the brief perfectly and that that intangible “wow factor” as well. It was a great piece of work and won against some very stiff competition.”


Part of the successful Lincoln team was a final year student on the BA (Hons) Advertising and Marketing programme, Robert Meehan, who developed the initial concept and product logos. “It’s amazing to have won

the competition, especially one that’s run by such a recognisable brand” he said. “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. We would be very excited to see it get put into production.”

The team also comprised Alex Pell (Mechanical Engineering) who designed the e-cigarette, Sascha Tucker (Media Production) who devised the app and a short documentary to explain how the system works, as well as Product Design students Richard Kennedy and Jack Merritt who designed the packaging and product casing.


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July 2014


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