For the people whose lives are punctuated with very early mornings and late nights, they rely heavily on the seemingly magic effects of caffeine to get them through. However, it’s more complicated than just drinking a pot of coffee in the morning to keep us awake or perked up for the rest of the day. In fact, it is very easy to have too much caffeine which may actually have negative side effects leading to difficulties sleeping and nervousness and counter-productivity.
To help people avoid the consequences of excess caffeine, researchers have developed the app Caffeine Zone that helps people track their daily intake. The developers drew from several studies that illuminated the proper amount of caffeine for mental alertness and how much could begin causing issues. Users input their daily drinking habits as well as how fast they drink it and it will regiment their intake accordingly.
By putting this information in the hands of the consumer, it makes caffeine consumption more dynamic and allows people to modify how they drink coffee on a daily basis. Rather than drinking caffeine the same way every day, it makes it less habitual and more functional. It visualises as a line graph the positive and danger zones and lets users tailor the values to their individual habits, physiology and needs.
By visualising caffeine intake, coffee or soda drinkers can modify how and when they drink it to get the ideal amount of help without any of the drawbacks. The ability to keep track allows people to not simply give up caffeine but to have stronger control over how they drink it. In developing an app, the researched data about a product is put it into the hands of the consumer allowing them to leverage more control over it and to use it to their advantage. Use is thus tailored to the individual.
The app is available to download for free through iTunes app store for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch.