(19)
(11)EP 3 627 518 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
25.03.2020 Bulletin 2020/13

(21)Application number: 19207200.7

(22)Date of filing:  29.10.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G16H 50/20(2018.01)
G06Q 30/02(2012.01)
G16H 50/70(2018.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 17.01.2014 WO PCT/JP2014/050851
07.08.2014 WO PCT/JP2014/070931

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
14879096.7 / 3096239

(71)Applicant: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Kyoto 601-8501 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • KAWAI, Eizi
    Kyoto 601-8501 (JP)
  • WATANABE, Atsushi
    Kyoto 601-8501 (JP)
  • IKEDA, Akio
    Kyoto 601-8501 (JP)

(74)Representative: Karl, Christof 
Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft mbB Patentanwälte, Rechtsanwälte Prinzregentenplatz 7
81675 München
81675 München (DE)

 
Remarks:
This application was filed on 05-11-2019 as a divisional application to the application mentioned under INID code 62.
 


(54)INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING SERVER, INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD


(57) A terminal system obtains biological information of a user, and transmits, to a server system, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and health information that is related to a health or a body of the user and is obtained from the biological information. The server system stores, as storage information, the transmission information received from each terminal system and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user. Further, the server system stores a condition related to generation of provision information to be provided to the user in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information. The provision information is generated based on the storage information and the condition, and transmitted to a terminal of the user. The server system performs analysis of the transmission information which is related to a plurality of users who have been provided with the provision information, and which is obtained after the provision information has been provided, and updates the condition based on a result of the analysis.




Description

TECHNICAL FIELD



[0001] The present invention relates to an information processing system, an information processing server, an information processing program, and an information providing method for providing information from a server side to a terminal side.

BACKGROUND ART



[0002] To date, there has been a system for uploading, to a server side, information obtained on a terminal side, and providing a result of analysis of the uploaded information, from the server side, to the terminal side. For example, there is a system in which an evaluation device on the terminal side obtains sleep data of a user, and the sleep data is analyzed on the server side, and the result of the analysis is displayed on a display device on the terminal side (see, for example, Patent Literature 1).

CITATION LIST


[PATENT LITERATURE]



[0003] [PTL 1] Japanese Laid-Open Patent Publication No. 2013-168026

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION


PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED BY THE INVENTION



[0004] In a conventional art, useful information may not be provided as information to be provided from the server side to the terminal side.

[0005] Therefore, an object of the present invention is to provide an information processing system, an information processing server, an information processing program, and an information providing method capable of providing useful information.

SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS



[0006] In order to solve the above-described problem, the present invention employs the following configurations (1) to (29).
  1. (1) One example of the present invention is an information processing system that includes a plurality of terminal systems and a server system.
    Each terminal system includes obtaining means and information transmission means. The obtaining means obtains biological information of a user. The information transmission means transmits, to the server system, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and health information that is related to a health or a body of the user and is obtained from the biological information.
    The server system includes transmission information storage means, condition storage means, providing means, analyzing means, and updating means. The transmission information storage means stores, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user. The condition storage means stores a condition related to generation of provision information to be provided to the user in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information. The providing means generates the provision information based on the storage information and the condition, and transmits the provision information to a terminal of the user. The analyzing means performs analysis of the transmission information which is related to a plurality of users who have been provided with the provision information, and which is obtained after the provision information has been provided. The updating means updates the condition based on a result of the analysis performed by the analyzing means.
    The "after the provision information has been provided" may be after a time when the provision information is provided. That is, "the transmission information which is obtained after the provision information has been provided" may be the transmission information obtained after a time based on the provision information having been provided. For example, "the transmission information which is obtained after the provision information has been provided" may be the transmission information obtained after the provision information has been provided, the transmission information obtained after purchase of a commodity·service (performed after the provision information has been provided), or the transmission information obtained after use of the commodity·service (performed after the provision information has been provided).
  2. (2) The condition may include at least one health condition related to the health information.
  3. (3) The updating means may update the health condition based on the result of the analysis.
  4. (4) The updating means may perform at least one of (a) change of a priority set for the condition, (b) change of a parameter defined in the health condition, (c) change of a parameter set to the health condition, and (d) addition and/or deletion of the health condition.
  5. (5) The server system may store change information in which the provision information provided to the user is associated with change in the health information of the user between before and after a predetermined reference time based on the provision information having been provided to the user. The updating means may update the condition based on the change information.
  6. (6) The transmission information storage means may repeatedly receive the transmission information from each of the terminal systems of the plurality of users, and store and accumulate the transmission information. The updating means may continuously update the condition based on the stored and accumulated storage information. The providing means may generate the provision information based on the condition updated by the updating means.
  7. (7) The updating means may determine whether or not the condition is to be updated, according to calculation of a predetermined number of the results of the analysis having been enabled.
  8. (8) The transmission information may include information which indicates an index related to sleep and/or fatigue of a user, and which is obtained from the biological information.
  9. (9) The server system may further include index calculation means for calculating an index related to sleep and/or fatigue of a user, as an index indicating a state of the user, based on the transmission information. The transmission information storage means may store the index related to sleep and/or fatigue such that the index is associated with the user.
  10. (10) The terminal system may include a non-worn type sensor capable of sensing the biological information in a state where a user does not wear the sensor. The obtaining means may obtain the biological information from the non-worn type sensor.
  11. (11) Another example of the present invention is an information processing system that calculates an index representing fatigue of a user. The information processing system includes a non-worn type sensor, obtaining means, biological information storage means, and fatigue calculation means.
    The sensor is capable of sensing biological information of the user in a state where the user does not wear the sensor. The obtaining means automatically obtains the biological information from the sensor. The biological information storage means stores the obtained biological information. The fatigue calculation means calculates a fatigue index of the user based on the biological information stored in the biological information storage means.
  12. (12) The obtaining means may repeatedly obtain the biological information from the sensor. The biological information storage means may store and accumulate the biological information having been repeatedly obtained by the obtaining means. The fatigue calculation means may calculate the fatigue index of the user based on the biological information that is stored and accumulated in the biological information storage means.
  13. (13) The information processing system may further include sleep index calculation means for calculating a sleep index related to sleep of the user, based on the biological information. The fatigue calculation means may calculate the fatigue index based on the sleep index.
  14. (14) A fatigue calculation system may include: a plurality of terminal systems each of which includes a sensor and obtaining means; and a server system. Each terminal system may further include information transmission means for repeatedly transmitting, to the server system, transmission information that includes at least one of: biological information; and health information representing at least a fatigue index.
    The server system may include: transmission information storage means for storing, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with a user; and providing means for generating, based on the storage information, provision information to be provided to the user in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information, and transmitting the provision information to the terminal systems.
  15. (15) The providing means may generate the provision information that includes information related to a commodity or a service for improving an index representing health information of the user.
  16. (16) The providing means may generate the provision information that includes: information of a web page for allowing the user to purchase the commodity and/or the service; or link information for link to the web page.
  17. (17) The server system may further include data transmission means for transmitting, to the terminal system, data related to the commodity or the service according to the terminal system having made an instruction for purchasing of the commodity or the service by the user.
  18. (18) An information processing system may further include additional-provision means for generating additional provision information different from the provision information having been provided, based on a result of analysis of the transmission information obtained by each terminal system, after the provision information has been provided to the user, and transmitting the additional provision information to a terminal of the user.
  19. (19) The providing means may generate the provision information that includes information related to a commodity or a service for improving an index indicated by the health information of the user. The additional-provision means may generate, according to an effect of improving a state of a user by the commodity or the service, the additional provision information based on the transmission information obtained by each terminal system after purchasing of the commodity or the service included in the provision information.
  20. (20) The providing means may transmit, to a terminal of the user, the provision information or a notification of the provision information at a time independent of a time when the user performs an operation on the terminal, according to the provision information having been generated.
  21. (21) The server system may include: a data server which has the transmission information storage means; and a service server which has the providing means. When the provision information is generated, the service server may make a request, to the data server, for information used for generating the provision information. The data server may transmit the storage information stored in the transmission information storage means and/or information obtained from the storage information, to the service server, in response to the request from the service server.
  22. (22) The service server may transmit, to the data server, the request that includes: requested information indicating information used for generating the provision information; and identification information related to use of information stored in the data server. The data server may determine whether or not the information indicated by the requested information which is included in the request is allowed to be used for generating the provision information, based on the identification information included in the request from the service server, and may transmit, when it is determined that the information is allowed to be used, the information indicated by the requested information, to the service server.
  23. (23) Each terminal system may include a terminal device which includes a display section that receives and displays the provision information transmitted from the server system.
  24. (24) Another example of the present invention is an information processing system that includes a plurality of terminal systems and a server system.
    Each terminal system includes obtaining means and information transmission means. The obtaining means obtains biological information of a user. The information transmission means transmits, to the server system, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and health information that is related to a health or a body of the user and is obtained from the biological information.
    The server system includes transmission information storage means, first providing means, and second providing means. The transmission information storage means stores, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user. The first providing means generates, based on a result of an analysis of the storage information, provision information to be provided to the user in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information, and transmits the provision information to the terminal systems. The second providing means generates additional provision information based on a result of an analysis of the transmission information obtained by the terminal systems after the provision information has been provided to a user, and transmits the additional provision information to the terminal systems.
  25. (25) Another example of the present invention is an information processing system that includes a plurality of terminal systems and a server system.
    Each terminal system includes obtaining means and information transmission means. The obtaining means obtains biological information of a user. The information transmission means transmits, to the server system, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and information obtained from the biological information.
    The server system includes information storage means, request reception means, and request response means. The information storage means stores, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user. The request reception means receives a use request, as a request for use of the storage information for generating provision information, from a service server for providing the provision information to the user of each terminal system by using the storage information, the use request including: requested information indicating information used for generating the provision information; and service identification information for identifying a service related to the provision information. The request response means: determines whether or not the information indicated by the requested information which is included in the use request received from the service server is allowed to be used for generating the provision information, based on the service identification information which is included in the use request received from the service server; and transmits, when it is determined that the information is allowed to be used, information which is based on the storage information and indicated by the requested information, to the service server.
  26. (26) The server system may store association information in which the service identification information is associated with use-allowed information indicating information which is based on the storage information and is allowed to be used for the service indicated by the service identification information. The request response means may perform determination based on the association information.
  27. (27) The request response means may determine whether or not the information indicated by the requested information which is included in the use request received from the service server can be used, based on a condition related to a type of the storage information, a time when the storage information is obtained, and/or a period in which the storage information is used.
  28. (28) Another example of the present invention is an information processing system that includes a plurality of terminal systems and a server system.
    Each terminal system includes obtaining means and information transmission means. The obtaining means obtains biological information of a user. The information transmission means transmits, to the server system, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and health information that is related to a health or a body of the user and is obtained from the biological information.
    The server system includes transmission information storage means, providing means, and purchase receiving means. The transmission information storage means stores, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user. The providing means generates, based on the storage information, provision information for introducing a commodity and/or a service in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information, and transmits the provision information to the terminal systems. The purchase receiving means receives a purchase instruction for purchasing of the commodity and/or the service indicated by the provision information, from a user who is provided with the provision information.
  29. (29) The server system may include: a data server which has the transmission information storage means; and a service server which has the providing means and the purchase receiving means. The service server may include: a portal server which provides a shopping site for purchasing of the commodity and/or the service; and a service providing server which executes a service providing process related to providing of the commodity and/or the service. The portal server may transmit, to the service providing server, a predetermined notification of purchase according to the purchase instruction having been received. The service providing server may execute the service providing process according to the notification of purchase having been received.


[0007] Another example of the present invention may be an information processing server (or an information processing apparatus) having a function similar to that of the server in the information processing system of (1) to (29) described above, or may be an information processing program for causing a computer to execute a process of the information processing server. Further, another example of the present invention may be an information providing method executed in (1) to (29) described above.

[0008] For example, one example of the present invention may be provided as an information processing server capable of communicating with a plurality of terminal systems.

[0009] Each terminal system may include: obtaining means for obtaining biological information of a user; and information transmission means for transmitting, to the server system, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and information obtained from the biological information.

[0010] The information processing server may include the following means.
  • Information storage means for storing, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user.
  • Request reception means for receiving a use request, as a request for use of the storage information for generating provision information, from a service server for providing the provision information to the user of each terminal system by using the storage information, the use request including: requested information indicating information used for generating the provision information; and service identification information for identifying a service related to the provision information.
  • Request response means for: determining whether or not the information indicated by the requested information which is included in the use request received from the service server is allowed to be used for generating the provision information, based on the service identification information which is included in the use request received from the service server; and transmitting, when it is determined that the information is allowed to be used, information indicated by the requested information, to the service server.


[0011] Further, for example, the information processing server may include the following means.
  • Transmission information storage means for storing, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems, such that the transmission information is associated with the user;
  • Providing means for generating, based on the storage information, provision information for introducing a commodity and/or a service in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information, and transmitting the provision information to the terminal systems; and
  • Purchase receiving means for receiving a purchase instruction for purchasing of the commodity and/or the service indicated by the provision information, from a user who is provided with the provision information.

ADVANTAGEOUS EFFECTS OF THE INVENTION



[0012] According to the present invention, the server system is capable of providing useful information to the terminal system.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0013] 

[FIG. 1] FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a configuration of an information processing system according to an embodiment.

[FIG. 2] FIG. 2 illustrates an example of a configuration of a terminal system.

[FIG. 3] FIG. 3 illustrates an exemplary case where devices included in the terminal system are disposed.

[FIG. 4] FIG. 4 is a functional block diagram illustrating an example of a functional configuration for calculating health information by a processing section of a main terminal device.

[FIG. 5] FIG. 5 is a flow chart showing an example of a flow of a process executed by the processing section of the main terminal device.

[FIG. 6] FIG. 6 is a timing chart showing an example of a flow of an operation performed by the information processing system.

[FIG. 7] FIG. 7 illustrates an example of data stored in a data server.

[FIG. 8] FIG. 8 illustrates an example of data stored in a portal server.

[FIG. 9] FIG. 9 illustrates an example of a provision condition table.

[FIG. 10] FIG. 10 illustrates an example of a use request.

[FIG. 11] FIG. 11 illustrates an example of a use management table.

[FIG. 12] FIG. 12 illustrates an example of user provision history information.

[FIG. 13] FIG. 13 illustrates an example a main page displayed by the terminal system.

[FIG. 14] FIG. 14 illustrates an example of an additional provision condition table.

[FIG. 15] FIG. 15 illustrates an example of a method for determining an additional provision condition.

[FIG. 16] FIG. 16 is a flow chart showing an example of a flow of a process executed by the data server.

[FIG. 17] FIG. 17 is a flow chart showing an example of a flow of a process executed by a portal server.

[FIG. 18] FIG. 18 illustrates an example of a condition update table.

[FIG. 19] FIG. 19 illustrates an effect according to modification.

[FIG. 20] FIG. 20 illustrates an example of a provision condition table according to modification.

[FIG. 21] FIG. 21 illustrates an example of change information.


DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS


[1. Overall configuration of information processing system]



[0014] Hereinafter, an information processing system, an information processing server, an information processing program, and an information providing method according to the present embodiment will be described with reference to the drawings. Firstly, the overall configuration of the information processing system according to the present embodiment will be described. FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating an example of the configuration of the information processing system according to the present embodiment. As shown in FIG. 1, the information processing system includes a terminal system 1, a data server 2, and a service server 3. The system and servers 1 to 3 can communicate with each other through a network 4 such as the Internet and a mobile communication network.

[0015] The terminal system 1 is disposed near a user (for example, in a user's home). In FIG. 1, the number of the terminal systems 1 is one. However, the information processing system includes a plurality of the terminal systems provided for users, respectively. In the present embodiment, the terminal system 1 obtains biological information of each user, and uploads the health information obtained from the biological information to the data server 2 (see FIG. 1). The biological information represents information sensed from a user's body. In the present embodiment, respiration, pulse, and body motion are obtained as the biological information. The health information represents information related to user's health and/or body. In the present embodiment, the health information includes a sleep index representing an index related to user's sleep, and a fatigue index representing an index related to user's fatigue. Thus, the terminal system 1 senses the biological information of a user, calculates the sleep index and the fatigue index based on the result of sensing, and uploads the indexes to the data server 2. The terminal system 1 senses a health state of a user, and can be also called a QOL (Quality of Life) sensor.

[0016] The data server 2 stores (accumulates) the health information, of the user, which is transmitted from the terminal system 1. Further, the data server 2 calculates statistics (for example, an average value in a predetermined period) as secondary information obtained from the health information. In the following description, the health information received from the terminal system 1 and the secondary information (statistics) obtained from the health information may be generically referred to as health information.

[0017] The service server 3 uses the health information stored in the data server 2 to provide various information to the user of the terminal system 1. In the following description, information provided to the user by the service server is referred to as "provision information". The provision information is information for improving an index indicated by the health information of a user. The provision information is, for example, information for introducing a commodity or a service (for example, goods for improving sleep, a supplement for recovery from fatigue, or the like) for improving the index, and the details thereof will be described below. That is, in the present embodiment, the provision information may be also called recommendation information for a user. The service server 3 performs a service for providing the provision information by using the health information obtained from the data server 2. Further, in the present embodiment, the service server 3 also provides a service for selling, to a user, a commodity and/or a service (hereinafter, referred to as "commodity·service") which is introduced by the provision information.

[0018] The data server 2 and the service server 3 each include one or more information processing devices (server devices). In the description herein, the "server" not only means one information processing device (server device), but also means the entirety of a server device group (server system) when the server includes a plurality of server devices.

[2. Configuration of terminal system]



[0019] Next, a configuration of the terminal system 1 according to the present embodiment will be described. FIG. 2 illustrates an example of the configuration of the terminal system 1. FIG. 3 illustrates an exemplary case where devices included in the terminal system 1 are disposed. As shown in FIG. 2 and FIG. 3, the terminal system 1 includes a main terminal device 10 and a sub-terminal device 20. In the present embodiment, the main terminal device 10 and the sub-terminal device 20 are disposed in, for example, a use's bedroom (see FIG. 3). The terminal system 1 mainly obtains the biological information while the user is in bed (sleeping), and calculates the sleep index and the fatigue index, and the details thereof will be described below.

[0020] The main terminal device 10 functions as a sensor for sensing the biological information. In the present embodiment, as shown in FIG. 3, the main terminal device 10 is disposed near a user such as at a user's bedside, and senses the biological information from the user who is in bed.

[0021] As shown in FIG. 2, the main terminal device 10 includes a Doppler sensor 11 which is an example of a sensor for sensing the biological information. The Doppler sensor 11 emits microwave and receives reflected wave of the emitted microwave, thereby sensing a moving body on the basis of a difference between a frequency of the emitted microwave and a frequency of the received microwave. An output waveform, from the Doppler sensor 11, which represents the biological information having been sensed, is analyzed (subjected to frequency analysis or the like), whereby the biological information such as respiration, pulse, or body motion can be further calculated. The detail thereof will be described below. In the present embodiment, a non-worn type sensor (Doppler sensor 11) capable of sensing the biological information in a state where the user does not wear the sensor is used, whereby the biological information can be sensed without hindering the user (without preventing the user from sleeping).

[0022] The main terminal device 10 includes a camera 12. The camera 12 is used to take an image of the user. Further, the main terminal device 10 includes a microphone 13. The microphone 13 is used to sense, for example, sound (snore or the like) from the user and/or ambient noise.

[0023] The main terminal device 10 includes a processing section 15 for executing various information processing to be executed by the main terminal device 10. The processing section 15 is connected to components 11 to 14 and 16 to 19 of the main terminal device 10. The processing section 15 has a CPU (Central Processing Unit) and a memory, and the CPU uses the memory to execute an information processing program stored in the main terminal device 10, whereby the various information processing described above is executed. In the present embodiment, the processing section 15 executes, as the information processing, a process of calculating the health information on the basis of the biological information sensed by the sensor, and the like. Further, when the main terminal device 10 has a function as the information processing device (information processing terminal), the processing section 15 executes various information processing for the function.

[0024] The main terminal device 10 includes an input/output interface, and functions as an information processing device (input/output terminal) for inputting and viewing of information. Specifically, the main terminal device 10 includes an operation input section 14 and a display 16. The operation input section 14 is any input device that receives operation input from a user. In the present embodiment, the main terminal device 10 has, as the operation input section 14, a button, and a touch panel provided on the display 16. The display 16 is capable of displaying the biological information and/or the health information of a user, and displaying the provision information described above. Further, the display 16 may function as a mirror.

[0025] The main terminal device 10 includes an illumination section 17 having a light source such as a LED. Light emission from the illumination section 17 is controlled by the processing section 15. For example, the illumination section 17 may be controlled so as to appropriately emit light according to a sleep state while the user is sleeping, or emit light so as to act as an alarm clock for causing the user to wake up.

[0026] The main terminal device 10 and the sub-terminal device 20 can communicate with each other. In an exemplary case, the main terminal device 10 has a short-range wireless communication section 18 as communication means for communicating with the sub-terminal device 20. In the present embodiment, the short-range wireless communication section 18 is a communication module having a function of performing communication using a wireless LAN. For example, the short-range wireless communication section 18 is a communication module certified by Wi-Fi.

[0027] Further, the main terminal device 10 is connected to the network 4, and has a function of communicating with the servers 2 and 3. Specifically, the main terminal device 10 includes a mobile communication section 19. In the present embodiment, the mobile communication section 19 is a communication module that has a function of connecting to a mobile communication network and performing communication. For example, the mobile communication section 19 performs communication in a communication mode that complies with the 3G communication standard or the 4G (including LTE (Long Term Evolution)) communication standard. The method in which the main terminal device 10 communicates with the servers 2 and 3 may be a method in which communication is performed via a wireless LAN by a communication module certified by Wi-Fi. Further, the main terminal device 10 may have both a function of communicating with the servers 2 and 3 via a mobile communication network, and a function of communicating with the servers 2 and 3 via a wireless LAN.

[0028] The sub-terminal device 20 functions as a sensor for obtaining biological information different from that obtained by the main terminal device 10. As shown in FIG. 3, the sub-terminal device 20 is disposed near the main terminal device 10. The sub-terminal device 20 is capable of sensing the biological information (body weight or the like) of a user who has stepped thereon.

[0029] As shown in FIG. 2, the sub-terminal device 20 includes a load sensor 21. The load sensor 21 senses a load applied to the top surface of the sub-terminal device 20. The sub-terminal device 20 may have a sensor for sensing the biological information, other than a body weight, for measuring body fat or the like.

[0030] Further, the sub-terminal device 20 includes a touch panel 22. The touch panel 22 is disposed on the top surface of the sub-terminal device 20. The touch panel 22 is capable of sensing the shape of a foot of a user who has stepped on the top surface of the sub-terminal device 20.

[0031] The sub-terminal device 20 includes a processing section 23 that executes various information processing to be executed by the sub-terminal device 20. The processing section 23 has a CPU (Central Processing Unit) and a memory, and the CPU uses the memory to execute an information processing program stored in the sub-terminal device 20, thereby executing various information processing.

[0032] The sub-terminal device 20 includes a short-range wireless communication section 24 as communication means for communicating with the main terminal device 10. Similarly to the short-range wireless communication section 18 of the main terminal device 10, the short-range wireless communication section 24 is a communication module that has a function of performing communication using a wireless LAN, and is, for example, a communication module certified by Wi-Fi. In the present embodiment, when it is sensed that a user has stepped on the sub-terminal device 20, the short-range wireless communication section 24 transmits a predetermined notification signal and the biological information sensed by the load sensor 21, from the sub-terminal device 20, to the main terminal device 10.

[3. Process operation by terminal system]



[0033] Next, a process operation executed by the terminal system 1 will be described. In the present embodiment, the main terminal device 10 operates in three kinds of modes, that is, in a normal mode, a sensing mode, and a sleep mode. In the normal mode, the main terminal device 10 is used as an input/output terminal, and receives an operation input from a user, executes processing according to the operation input, and displays an image of a result of the processing on the display 16. In the sensing mode, the biological information of a user who is in bed is sensed, and the health information is calculated. In the sleep mode, the above-described processes to be executed in the normal mode and the sensing mode are not executed, and power consumption is reduced. However, also in the sleep mode, the main terminal device 10 is allowed to receive a signal from the sub-terminal device 20.

[0034] The sub-terminal device 20 is capable of constantly performing sensing as to whether or not a user has stepped on the sub-terminal device 20. That is, in the sub-terminal device 20, at least one of the load sensor 21 and the touch panel 22 is constantly actuated, to sense that a user has stepped on the sub-terminal device 20. In another embodiment, the sub-terminal device 20 may be operable in a sleep mode and an ON mode (in which at least the processing section 23 operates). In the sleep mode, the processing section 23 does not operate, and at least one of the load sensor 21 and the touch panel 22 operates. In the ON mode, at least the processing section 23 operates. In this case, when the load sensor 21 and/or the touch panel 22 sense that a user has stepped on the sub-terminal device 20 in a state where the sub-terminal device 20 is in the sleep mode, the mode may be shifted to the ON mode.

(Process in sensing mode)



[0035] Hereinafter, processing performed when the terminal system 1 operates in the sensing mode while a user is in bed, will be described. It is assumed that, before the user goes to bed, the main terminal device 10 is in the sleep mode or the normal mode. At this time, when the user has stepped on the sub-terminal device 20 (see (1) shown in FIG. 3), the processing section 23 of the sub-terminal device 20 senses that the user has stepped on the sub-terminal device 20, and measures the body weight on the basis of a result of sensing from the load sensor 21. Further, the processing section 23 calculates the shape of a foot of the user on the basis of a result of sensing from the touch panel 22. In another embodiment, the sub-terminal device 20 may include a camera, and the processing section 23 may calculate the shape of the foot on the basis of an image taken by the camera.

[0036] In the present embodiment, the processing section 23 performs authentication of the user by using the calculated shape of the foot (see (2) shown in FIG. 3). That is, data indicating the shape of the foot of an authenticated user is previously registered (stored) in the sub-terminal device 20, and the processing section 23 determines whether or not the calculated shape of the foot and the registered shape of the foot coincide with each other, thereby performing authentication. When it is determined that the two shapes of the feet coincide with each other, the processing section 23 determines that the authentication has succeeded. In this case, the processing section 23 transmits a predetermined authentication notification to the main terminal device 10 (see (3) shown in FIG. 3). The processing section 23 may transmit, to the main terminal device 10, both the authentication notification and the biological information (information on a body weight or the like) sensed by the sub-terminal device 20. Meanwhile, when it is determined that the two shapes of the feet do not coincide with each other, the processing section 23 determines that authentication has failed. In this case, the processing section 23 does not transmit the authentication notification to the main terminal device 10.

[0037] When the main terminal device 10 receives the authentication notification, the main terminal device 10 shifts from the sleep mode or the normal mode to the sensing mode (see (4) shown in FIG. 3). Thereafter, the biological information of the user is obtained by the main terminal device 10.

[0038] When the sensing mode is started, the processing section 15 of the main terminal device 10 firstly actuates a sensor (Doppler sensor 11 in the present embodiment) for sensing the biological information, and starts obtaining a result of sensing from the sensor. When the camera 12 and/or the microphone 13 are used as the sensor for sensing, the processing section 15 may actuate the camera 12 and/or the microphone 13. In the sensing mode, the Doppler sensor 11 continuously performs the sensing, and continuously outputs an output waveform as the result of sensing. The processing section 15 calculates the health information (sleep index and fatigue index) based on the result of sensing (output waveform) from the Doppler sensor 11.

(Calculation of health information)



[0039] Hereinafter, the process of calculating the health information (sleep index and fatigue index) on the basis of the result of sensing from the Doppler sensor 11 will be described. FIG. 4 is a functional block diagram illustrating an example of a functional configuration for calculating the health information by the processing section 15. As shown in FIG. 4, the processing section 15 includes a waveform analysis section 31, a sleep calculation section 32, an autonomic nerve calculation section 33, and a fatigue calculation section 34.

[0040] The waveform analysis section 31 calculates respiration, pulse, and body motion as further biological information on the basis of the biological information (output waveform) sensed by the Doppler sensor 11. To date, it has been known that the output waveform from the Doppler sensor 11 is separated according to frequencies, whereby waveforms representing respiration, pulse, and body motion can be obtained. The waveform analysis section 31 separates the output waveform into a frequency band corresponding to the respiration, a frequency band corresponding to the pulse, and a frequency band corresponding to the body motion, by performing frequency analysis and the like, and outputs the data of each waveform obtained by the separation. As shown in FIG. 4, the output from the waveform analysis section 31 is inputted to each of the sleep calculation section 32 and autonomic nerve calculation section 33.

[0041] The sleep calculation section 32 calculates various sleep indexes on the basis of the biological information (respiration, pulse, and body motion). To date, a method for calculating sleep indexes on the basis of respiration, pulse, and body motion has been known. In the present embodiment, the sleep calculation section 32 calculates sleep indexes indicating the following information.
  • Sleep latency (sleep onset latency)
  • Mid-sleep awake hours
  • Number of times of mid-sleep awakening
  • Sleep efficiency
  • Total sleep hours
  • Activity level during sleep
  • Sleep stage
  • REM sleep hours
  • Non-REM sleep hours
  • Sleep quality
In another embodiment, a portion of the sleep indexes described above may be calculated, or different kinds of sleep indexes other than the sleep indexes descried above may be calculated.

[0042] The autonomic nerve calculation section 33 calculates an index (autonomic nerve index) indicating an action level of autonomic nerves (sympathetic nerves and parasympathetic nerves) on the basis of the biological information. Specifically, a waveform of a pulse (RR-interval) included in the biological information is subjected to frequency analysis by using the maximum entropy method and Fourier transformation, and a high-frequency component (about 0.15 to 0.40 [Hz]) HF and a low-frequency component (about 0.04 to 0.15 [Hz]) LF of the waveform are calculated. It has been known that the high-frequency component HF represents an action level of parasympathetic nerves, and the low-frequency component LF represents an action level of sympathetic nerves. Further, it has been known that a degree of fatigue can be evaluated on the basis of a ratio between an action level of parasympathetic nerves and an action level of sympathetic nerves (see, for example, Japanese Laid-Open Patent Publication No. 2010-201113). Therefore, the autonomic nerve calculation section 33 calculates, as the autonomic nerve index, a ratio (LF/HF) of the low-frequency component LF to the high-frequency component HF. As shown in FIG. 4, the output from the autonomic nerve calculation section 33 is used as an input to the fatigue calculation section 34.

[0043] The fatigue calculation section 34 calculates a fatigue index on the basis of the sleep index and the autonomic nerve index. In the present embodiment, as the fatigue index, the degrees of fatigue represented as five stages from fatigue degree (level) 1 to fatigue degree 5 are calculated. The method for calculating the fatigue index may be any method. For example, the following method can be used.

[0044] A first method is a method in which a fatigue index is calculated according to a sleep index. The sleep index is considered to have a correlation with a degree of fatigue. For example, an exemplary case in which the degree of fatigue is assumed to be high is as follows.
  • Long sleep latency
  • Long mid-sleep awake hours.
  • The number of times of mid-sleep awakening is great.
  • Low sleep efficiency
  • The total sleep hours are short.
  • A balance between the REM sleep hours and the non-REM sleep hours is bad (a ratio between REM sleep hours and non-REM sleep hours is outside a normal range).


[0045] Therefore, the fatigue calculation section 34 calculates the degree of fatigue so as to increase the degree of fatigue when the sleep index represents the above-described case, and reduce the degree of fatigue when the sleep index does not represent the above-described case. For example, the fatigue calculation section 34 may determine whether or not the above-described items are satisfied, calculate a point based on the number of satisfied items, and calculate the degree of fatigue on the basis of the total point. At this time, the fatigue calculation section 34 may perform weighting for each item to calculate the point. Alternatively, a reference value (for example, "six hours" for the total sleep hours) may be set for each item, and the point may be calculated such that the greater a difference between the calculated value of the sleep index and the reference value is, the greater the point is.

[0046] As described above, in the present embodiment, the sleep index for user's sleep is calculated on the basis of the biological information, and the fatigue index is calculated on the basis of the sleep index. As described above, since it is considered that there is a correlation between the sleep index and the fatigue degree, the fatigue index is calculated on the basis of the sleep index, whereby the fatigue index can be obtained with an enhanced accuracy.

[0047] A second method is a method in which a degree of fatigue is calculated on the basis of sleep hours in a predetermined time period (for example, one week). To date, there has been a method for calculating a degree of fatigue on the basis of sleep hours and a working time according to Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS). In this method, for example, if the working time is assumed to be constant for simplicity, the degree of fatigue can be calculated (merely) on the basis of the sleep hours.

[0048] A third method is a method for calculating a degree of fatigue on the basis of the autonomic nerve index. As described above, it has been known that a degree of fatigue can be evaluated by using a balance between an action level of sympathetic nerves and an action level of parasympathetic nerves, that is, by using the autonomic nerve index described above. Therefore, the fatigue calculation section 34 calculates a degree of fatigue such that, for example, the greater a difference between the reference value and a value of the autonomic nerve index is, the higher the degree of fatigue is.

[0049] In the present embodiment, the fatigue calculation section 34 calculates a degree of fatigue by using the above three methods. Specifically, the fatigue calculation section 34 calculates the degrees of fatigue in the above three methods, and calculates a final degree of fatigue on the basis of the calculated degrees of fatigue. For example, the fatigue calculation section 34 may use an average of the three values of the degree of fatigue as the final degree of fatigue, or may calculate the final degree of fatigue by performing weighting of any one of the three values of the degree of fatigue.

[0050] In another embodiment, the method for calculating the fatigue index may be any method, and the content of the fatigue index may be also optionally set. In another embodiment, a value indicating a fatigue degree for each fatigue type may be calculated as the fatigue index. For example, in another embodiment, the fatigue index may represent three kinds of values that are a value representing an acute-fatigue degree, a value representing a cumulative-fatigue degree, and a value representing mental-fatigue degree.

[0051] In another embodiment, the health information may be calculated by using a result of sensing from the camera 12 and/or the microphone 13. For example, the biological information such as pulse and/or body motion may be calculated on the basis of an image of a user which is taken by the camera 12. Therefore, the processing section 15 may calculate the sleep index (and the degree of fatigue) by using the biological information obtained from an image taken by the camera 12 in addition to (or instead of) the biological information obtained from a result of sensing from the Doppler sensor 11. Further, the processing section 15 may calculate the sleep index in consideration of snore sensed by the microphone 13.

[0052] FIG. 5 is a flow chart showing an example of a flow of a process executed by the processing section 15 of the main terminal device 10. FIG. 5 mainly shows the process in the sensing mode, and the processes in the normal mode and the sleep mode are not shown.

[0053] In the present application, the processes of steps in the flow charts shown in the drawings (FIG. 5, FIG. 16, and FIG. 17) are merely examples, and the order in which the steps are performed in the process may be changed or another process in addition to (or instead of) the process of the steps may be executed when the same result is obtained. In the description herein, the CPU of the processing section executes the process of the steps in the flow chart. A processer or a dedicated circuit other than the CPU may execute the process of a part of the steps in the flow chart.

[0054] In step S1 shown in FIG. 5, the processing section 15 confirms reception of data from the sub-terminal device 20. At a time when step S1 is executed, the main terminal device 10 is in the sleep mode or the normal mode. In the sleep mode or the normal mode, the processing section 15 repeatedly executes the process steps of step S1 (and S2) once in every predetermined time period.

[0055] In step S2, the processing section 15 determines whether or not the mode is to be shifted to the sensing mode. That is, the processing section 15 determines that mode is to be shifted to the sensing mode when the above-described authentication notification is received from the sub-terminal device 20 in step S1, and determines that the mode is not shifted to the sensing mode when the authentication notification is not received. When the result of the determination in step S2 is affirmative, the process step of step S3 is executed. Meanwhile, when the result of determination in step S2 is negative, the process step of step S1 is executed again.

[0056] In step S3, the processing section 15 shifts the operation mode of the main terminal device 10 to the sensing mode. That is, the processing section 15 actuates the Doppler sensor 11. In the subsequent step S4, the processing section 15 obtains a result of sensing from the Doppler sensor 11. Further, the processing section 15 calculates, as the further biological information, respiration, pulse, and body motion on the basis of the result of sensing. In the sensing mode, a series of process steps from step S4 to S6 is repeatedly executed once in every predetermined time period. Therefore, in the sensing mode, the biological information is repeatedly obtained (calculated) and is successively stored in a memory of the processing section 15.

[0057] In step S6, the processing section 15 determines whether or not the sensing mode is to be ended. In the present embodiment, whether or not the sensing mode is to be ended is determined according to whether or not a user is in bed. Specifically, the processing section 15 determines whether or not the user is outside the range for sensing by the Doppler sensor 11, on the basis of the result of sensing from the Doppler sensor 11. When the user is outside the range, the processing section 15 determines that the user is not in bed, and the sensing mode is to be ended. Meanwhile, when the user is in the range for the sensing by the Doppler sensor 11, the processing section 15 determines that the user is in bed, and the sensing mode is not to be ended. When a result of the determination in step S6 is affirmative, the process step of step S7 is executed. Meanwhile, when a result of the determination in step S6 is negative, the process step of step S4 is executed again.

[0058] In step S7, the processing section 15 calculates the health information on the basis of the result of sensing from the Doppler sensor 11. That is, as described above in "(Calculation of health information)", the sleep index and the fatigue index are calculated on the basis of the biological information. In subsequent step S8, the processing section 15 transmits, to the data server 2, the health information calculated in step S7. Thus, in the present embodiment, the health information is automatically (does not request user's operation) generated and transmitted to the data server 2. In another embodiment, information to be transmitted from the terminal system 1 to the data server 2 may be transmitted according to a user performing an operation for transmission. Furthermore, the processing section 15 may transmit, to the data server 2, both the health information, and the information (biological information such as a body weight) received together with the authentication notification from the sub-terminal device 20.

[0059] In step S9, the processing section 15 shifts the operation mode of the main terminal device 10 to the sleep mode. That is, the processing section 15 halts the operation of the Doppler sensor 11. After the operation mode has been shifted to the sleep mode in step S9, the process step of step S1 described above is executed again.

[0060] As described above, in the present embodiment, the process of calculating the health information on the basis of the biological information that is a result of sensing from the sensor (the Doppler sensor 11) is executed on the terminal (terminal system 1) side. However, this process may be shared by the terminal side and the server side in any manner. For example, in another embodiment, the terminal system 1 may transmit the biological information to the data server 2, and the data server 2 may calculate the health information on the basis of the biological information. At this time, some health information (for example, sleep hours or sleep efficiency) may be calculated also by the terminal system 1, and may be displayed on the display 16 at an appropriate time. Thus, the terminal system 1 can provide the health information to the user without obtaining data from the data server 2. Further, the health information calculated by the data server 2 may be transmitted to the terminal system 1 and displayed by the terminal system 1.

[0061] In the present embodiment, the health information is transmitted from the terminal system 1 to the data server 2 when the sensing mode ends. In another embodiment, the transmission information (the biological information and/or the health information) to be transmitted from the terminal system 1 to the data server 2 may be successively transmitted during the sensing mode.

(Process in normal mode)



[0062] In the present embodiment, the main terminal device 10 shifts to the normal mode according to a user performing a predetermined operation (for example, an operation of pressing a predetermined power button) in the sleep mode. The main terminal device 10 accesses the service server 3 and displays the health information of the user on the display 16 or displays, on the display 16, the provision information provided by the service server 3 in the normal mode, and the detail thereof will be described below. Further, the main terminal device 10 shifts to the sleep mode according to a user performing a predetermined operation (for example, an operation of pressing the predetermined power button) in the normal mode.

(Function and effect by terminal system)



[0063] As described above, in the present embodiment, the terminal system includes: a first device (main terminal device 10) having a first sensor (Doppler sensor 11) for sensing first biological information for a user: and a second device (sub-terminal device 20) having a second sensor (load sensor 21) for sensing second biological information that is the biological information for the user and is different from the first biological information. Further, the terminal system is capable of communicating with a server (data server 2) for performing analysis based on the first biological information and the second biological information.

[0064] The terminal system transmits, to the server (data server 2), transmission information that includes at least one of: the first biological information and the second biological information; and the health information obtained from the biological information. The first biological information (and the health information based thereon) and the second biological information (the health information based thereon) may be transmitted individually from different devices, respectively. The server performs analysis based on the transmission information transmitted from the terminal system.

[0065] Thus, the terminal system is capable of obtaining a lot of the biological information from two devices, thereby improving the quality of analysis by the server. That is, the server is allowed to perform increased kinds of analyses or perform analysis with enhanced accuracy.

[0066] In the present embodiment, the first sensor (Doppler sensor 11) senses the biological information of a user who is in bed, and the second sensor (the load sensor 21) senses the biological information of a user who stays awake (for example, before going to bed and after wake-up). Thus, the biological information can be obtained both while the user is in bed and during the other period, thereby improving the quality of analysis by the server.

[0067] In the present embodiment, the first sensor is a non-contact type sensor capable of sensing the biological information in a state where a user is not in contact with the sensor, and the second sensor is a contact-type sensor capable of sensing the biological information in a state where a user is in contact with the sensor. Thus, the biological information can be sensed without making the user conscious of the sensing while the user is in bed, and the biological information can be assuredly sensed while the user stays awake.

[0068] In the present embodiment, the first device has the following means.
  • Reception means for receiving, from the second device, the second biological information sensed by the second sensor
  • Transmission means for transmitting, to the server (data server 2), transmission information that includes at least one of: the first biological information sensed by the first sensor and the second biological information received from the second device; and the health information based on the above biological information.


[0069] In the above configuration, the biological information sensed by the two devices (and/or the health information) can be efficiently transmitted to the server. Further, the second device may not have a function of communicating with the server, thereby simplifying the configuration of the device.

[0070] In the present embodiment, the server (the service server 3) transmits, to the terminal system, the information (provision information described below) based on a result of analysis, and the detail thereof will be described below. The first device includes: reception means for receiving information transmitted from the server; and display means for displaying the received information. Thus, the user is allowed to easily view the above information by using the first device. Further, the above information is displayed by the first device that senses the biological information, thereby simplifying the configuration of the terminal system.

[0071] In another embodiment, the terminal system 1 may have a device (information terminal) for receiving and displaying the provision information, separately from the main terminal device 10. For example, the information terminal may be any information processing device, such as a mobile terminal, a personal computer, and a game apparatus, used by a user. For example, the information terminal of the user may access the service server 3, and receive and display the provision information. Further, purchasing of the commodity·service described below may be performed by using the information terminal.

[0072] In the present embodiment, the second device transmits a predetermined notification (authentication notification) to the first device according to the second biological information being sensed. The first device starts sensing the first biological information according to the predetermined notification being received. Thus, the first device can efficiently execute the operation of sensing the biological information, and information processing can be efficiently performed by the first device. Further, power consumption in the first device can be reduced.

[0073] In the present embodiment, the second device executes, according to the second biological information being sensed, the authentication process for the user by using the biological information (the shape of the foot sensed by the touch panel 22) of the user. When the authentication has succeeded (that is, one user among one or more users that are previously registered is authenticated in the authentication process), the second device transmits the predetermined notification to the first device. Thus, when the user is authenticated as one of the registered users, the first device starts sensing the biological information, whereby the sensing process can be efficiently executed. When the number of registered users is plural, a user for whom sensing is to be performed can be identified. The biological information used in the authentication process may be the second biological information or other biological information.

[0074] In the present embodiment, the main terminal device 10 starts measuring (sensing) the biological information if the authentication has succeeded in the sub-terminal device 20, and ends measurement of the biological information if the biological information is not sensed (the user is not sensed). In another embodiment, the method for determining a period in which the biological information is measured may be any method, and the measurement period may be determined in another method.

[0075] For example, in another embodiment, in the main terminal device 10, sensing may be intermittently performed by the sensor (Doppler sensor 11) and the measurement period may be determined on the basis of the result of sensing. Specifically, the main terminal device 10 determines whether or not a user is sensed (whether or not a user is in a range for sensing), by the Doppler sensor 11 performing sensing at predetermined time intervals. When a user is not sensed, the main terminal device 10 halts sensing by the Doppler sensor 11. In this case, the measurement is not started. Meanwhile, when a user is sensed, the main terminal device 10 continues the sensing by the Doppler sensor 11, thereby starting the measurement. Further, when the measurement has been started, the main terminal device 10 continues the measurement while a user is sensed by the Doppler sensor 11. That is, similarly to the above embodiment, the main terminal device 10 ends the measurement by the Doppler sensor 11 according to the user being not sensed. Thus, the period for the measurement by the Doppler sensor 11 can be determined on the basis of a result of sensing (intermittently performed) by the Doppler sensor 11 itself. Thus, the measurement period can be determined without using a device such as another sensor, thereby simplifying the configuration of the device.

[0076] In another embodiment, the period for the measurement by the Doppler sensor 11 may be determined on the basis of a result of sensing from a sensor (for example, human sensor) different from the Doppler sensor 11. For example, the terminal system 1 may use an infrared sensor and/or a camera as the human sensor. Specifically, the terminal system 1 intermittently or continuously senses a user by the human sensor. In a period in which a user is sensed by the human sensor, the terminal system 1 performs the measurement by the Doppler sensor 11. Also in this manner, the period for the measurement can be automatically determined, similarly to the method of the present embodiment, and to a method for determining a period for the measurement on the basis of a result of sensing by the Doppler sensor 11. That is, since a user need not perform an operation for (start and end of) measurement, usability of the terminal system 1 can be improved. Furthermore, the biological information can be measured without causing a user to spend time and putting a burden on the user. Therefore, continuous obtaining of the biological information is facilitated.

[0077] In another embodiment, the period for the measurement by the Doppler sensor 11 may be previously determined. For example, the terminal system 1 may perform the measurement in a predetermined time slot (for example, a time slot from 8:00 p. m. to 10 a.m. of the immediately following morning), or the measurement may be constantly performed (as long as a user does not perform an operation for halting). Also in this manner, similarly to the above manner, the user need not perform an operation for starting and ending the measurement, whereby usability of the terminal system 1 can be improved.

[0078] In the above embodiment, the terminal system 1 automatically (in other words, even if a user does not perform a specific operation) calculates the health information (sleep index and fatigue index) on the basis of the biological information in addition to the biological information being automatically measured. Therefore, even if a user does not perform a specific operation, the health information is calculated by the terminal system 1, whereby usability of the terminal system 1 can be improved.

[0079] In the present embodiment, the first device that is a single device includes first communication means (mobile communication section 19) for communicating with the server via a mobile telephone communication network, and the second communication means (short-range wireless communication section 18) for performing short-range wireless communication with the second device. The first device is capable of easily communicating with the server and the second device.

[0080] As described above, in the present embodiment, the terminal system 1 uses a non-contact type sensor (Doppler sensor), whereby a user need not wear a sensor. Since the biological information is automatically measured while the user is in bed, the user need not wait for measurement of the biological information, and need not perform a bothersome operation for measurement. Further, when the sensor is disposed near the user who is in bed, a bothersome setting operation need not be performed for each measurement. Thus, the terminal system 1 can measure the biological information without causing the user to spend time and putting a burden on the user, whereby continuous obtaining of the biological information is facilitated.

[0081] The terminal system 1 may reproduce content (such as music) for inducing sleep onset or wake-up (awakening) of a user. For example, the main terminal device 10 may reproduce music for inducing sleep onset of the user according to start of sensing by the Doppler sensor 11. At this time, the main terminal device 10 may control reproduction of the content according to a sleep state of the user. Thus, the content can be reproduced in an appropriate method based on the sleep state of the user, and the content can be effectively reproduced. Reproduction of the content is halted in a state where the effect seem to be small (for example, in a state where the user is deep in sleep), thereby reducing power consumption. Hereinafter, a specific exemplary case will be described.

[0082] The main terminal device 10 determines a sleep state of a user on the basis of a result of sensing (biological information) from the Doppler sensor 11 while the user is sleeping. For example, the main terminal device 10 determines, in real time, whether or not the user is in a sleep state, and determines, in real time, the depth of sleep (for example, whether the user is in REM sleep or non-REM sleep). The "determines in real time" described above strictly means that determination is immediately performed and also means that the determination is performed with about several seconds delay.

[0083] The main terminal device 10 controls reproduction of the content according to the sleep state, of the user, which is determined while the user is sleeping. The main terminal device 10 may control reproduction of the content/halting of reproduction of the content according to the sleep state, or may control the reproduction method (for example, sound volume and/or reproduction speed) according to the sleep state. For example, the main terminal device 10 may start reproduction of the content for causing a user to sleep before the user sleeps, and halt the reproduction of the content according to the user having fell asleep. Alternatively, the main terminal device 10 gradually reduces a sound volume for reproduction of the content according to the user having fell asleep, and halts reproduction of the content according to the user having been deep in sleep (for example, the user is in a non-REM sleep state). Further, for example, the main terminal device 10 may start reproduction of content (for example, content for causing the user to awaken) according to a time when the user has awakened, or may start reproduction of content according to a time when the user is assumed to awaken soon.

[0084] In the terminal system 1, the content reproduced when the user sleeps may be stored in the terminal system 1 or may be obtained from an external device (for example, the service server 3). For example, the service server 3 may transmit the content to the terminal system 1 in a providing process for providing the commodity·service (step S22 described below).

[4. Process operation by information processing system]



[0085] Next, the process operation executed by the information processing system will be described. FIG. 6 is a timing chart showing an example of a flow of an operation performed by the information processing system. Hereinafter, a process operation performed when the information processing system generally performs the following operation will be described as an exemplary process operation.
  1. <1> The health information obtained by the terminal system 1 is repeatedly transmitted to the data server 2, and stored and accumulated.
  2. <2> The service server 3 generates provision information for introducing a commodity·service, by using the health information that is accumulated in the data server 2, and provides the provision information to the terminal system 1.
  3. <3> A user who views the provision information in the terminal system 1, purchases the commodity·service introduced by the provision information (applies for use (enjoying) of the commodity·service when the commodity·service is available at no charge).
  4. <4> After the commodity·service is purchased, the service server 3 generates additional provision information by using the health information accumulated in the data server 2, and provides the additional provision information to the terminal system 1.


[0086] In the present embodiment, the service server 3 includes a portal server 41 and a service providing server 42. The portal server 41 is a server that manages a portal site for providing, to the user, the health information accumulated in the data server 2, or the provision information described above. The portal server 41 has a function of accessing the data server 2, generating the provision information by using the health information accumulated in the data server 2, and providing the provision information to the user (the terminal system 1).

[0087] The service providing server 42 is a server that executes a process for providing the commodity·service to a user. In the present embodiment, purchasing of the commodity·service provided by the service providing server 42 is managed by the portal server 41. That is, the portal site functions as shopping site for selling the commodity·service provided by the service providing server 42. A user accesses the portal site by using the terminal system 1 and purchases the commodity·service on the portal site. The service providing server 42 is typically managed by a service provider that provides individual commodity·service, and the portal server 41 is managed by a management company that manages the data server 2. The service providing server 42 may include a plurality of servers for, for example, respective service providers.

<1> Process of accumulating health information in data server



[0088] As described above in "[3. Process operation by terminal system]", the terminal system 1 transmits (uploads) the health information to the data server 2 (step S11 shown in FIG. 6). In the present embodiment, the terminal system 1 transmits both the health information and user identification information that is preset for each user. The terminal system 1 continuously transmits the health information periodically to the data server 2 (in the present embodiment, once a day), which is not shown in FIG. 6.

[0089] The data server 2 stores, for each user, the health information received from the terminal system 1. FIG. 7 illustrates an example of data stored in the data server 2. As shown in FIG. 7, the data server 2 stores, for each user, user information including the user identification information and the health information. That is, when the health information is received from the terminal system 1 of a certain user, the data server 2 additionally stores the received health information in the health information in the user information for the certain user. Thus, the health information is accumulated in the data server 2.

[0090] The data server 2 calculates secondary information at an appropriate time on the basis of the received health information (step S12). That is, the data server 2 analyzes the health information to obtain the secondary information. As described above, in the present embodiment, the secondary information is information of a statistic calculated from the received health information. For example, when average sleep hours in one week are calculated as the secondary information, the data server 2 calculates the average sleep hours each time data of sleep hours in one week is accumulated. In the present embodiment, the secondary information is also accumulated as the health information in the data server 2.

[0091] As shown in FIG. 7, a use management table is stored in the data server 2. The use management table will be described below.

<2> Process of providing provision information to terminal system 1 by service server 3



[0092] The terminal system 1 accesses the portal site that is managed by the portal server 41 of the service server 3 according to an instruction from a user (step S13). That is, the user performs an operation of setting the main terminal device 10 so as to be in the normal mode and accessing the portal site. A method for logging in the portal site may be any method, and may be similar to a conventional method. In the present embodiment, a login screen is displayed on the display 16, and the user inputs the user identification information and a password. The portal server 41 performs authentication by using the user identification information and the password. When the authentication has succeeded, (the user of) the terminal system 1 is allowed to log in the portal site.

[0093] In another embodiment, logging in the portal site may be performed by using personal authentication performed by the terminal system 1. For example, when the authentication has succeeded in the sub-terminal device 20, the main terminal device 10 is allowed to access and log in the portal site. At this time, the main terminal device 10 may not request a user to input the user identification information and the password.

[0094] When the user authentication has succeeded, the portal server 41 transmits a main page of the portal site to the terminal system 1, and the main page is displayed on the display 16. The main page includes the provision information to be provided to the user, and the detail thereof will be described below. Therefore, when the user authentication has succeeded, the portal server 41 executes a process of generating the provision information to be provided to the user (steps S14 to S18).

[0095] The content of the provision information is determined on the basis of the health information, of the user, stored in the data server 2. Therefore, the portal server 41 firstly makes a request (use request), to the data server 2, for use of the health information needed for determining the provision information (step S14). The health information requested in the use request is determined by using a provision condition table stored in the portal server 41.

[0096] Data stored in the portal server 41 will be described. FIG. 8 illustrates an example of data stored in the portal server 41. As shown in FIG. 8, the portal server 41 stores, for each user, user information, a provision condition table, and an additional provision condition table. Firstly, the user information and the provision condition table associated with the process step of step S14 will be described, and the additional provision condition table will be described below in detail.

[0097] The user information stored in the portal server 41 includes the user identification information described above, personal information, and user provision history information. The personal information is, for example, information related to an individual user, such as the name of the user, the date of the user's birth, age, and gender (except for the biological information). The user provision history information represents the history of the provision information (having been provided) that has been already provided to the user. The user provision history information will be described below in detail.

[0098] The provision condition table is used to determine the health information needed for generating the provision information in step S14. The provision condition table is preset and stored in the portal server 41, and the content of the provision condition table may be updated at an appropriate time.

[0099] FIG. 9 illustrates an example of the provision condition table. As shown in FIG. 9, the provision condition table is a table in which provision conditions and provision contents are associated with each other. The provision condition represents a condition for providing the provision information. The provision content represents the content of the provision information to be provided when the provision condition associated therewith is satisfied. In FIG. 9, information indicating the content itself of the provision information such as "introduction of commodity A" is set as the provision content. However, when an identification number is assigned to each piece of the provision information prepared in the portal server 41, information indicating the identification number may be set as the provision content.

[0100] As shown in FIG. 9, in the present embodiment, the provision condition includes a user condition and a health condition. The user condition is a condition related to a user to whom the provision information is provided. A condition related to the personal information, such as "man in his 40s" and "men and women in their 30s", included in the user information is set as the user condition.

[0101] The health condition is a condition related to health (health information) of a user to whom the provision information is provided. As shown in FIG. 9, the health condition includes use information indicating the health information used for determining the health condition. The use information may indicate the secondary information, such as "the average degree of fatigue (in the latest one week)" shown in FIG. 9, obtained by processing the health information stored in the data server 2. Further, the use information may be information indicating (a kind of) the health information itself such as "the degree of fatigue (in the latest one week)". That is, the use request may be a request for the secondary information obtained by processing the health information, or a request for the health information itself.

[0102] For example, a condition related to the fatigue index or the sleep index, such as "(the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week) is higher than or equal to 4" or "(the average sleep hours in the latest one week) is less than or equal to five hours", is set as the health condition. The health condition may be a condition related to the health information itself (for example, the degree of fatigue), or a condition related to information (for example, the average degree of fatigue) obtained from the health information.

[0103] The health condition is not limited to one condition related to one kind of the health information. The health condition may include a plurality of conditions related to two or more kinds of the health information. For example, the health condition may include a condition related to the fatigue index, and a condition related to the sleep index. When the information (the biological information and/or the health information calculated from the biological information) obtained by the sub-terminal device 20 is transmitted via the main terminal device 10 to the data server, the health condition may include a condition related to the information.

[0104] In step S14 described above, the portal server 41 determines the health information to be requested from the data server 2, by using the provision condition table. That is, the portal server 41 specifies the health information used to determine the provision condition in the provision condition table, and requests the specified health information to the data server 2. Specifically, the portal server 41 specifies the provision condition that satisfies the user condition among the provision conditions included in the provision condition table, and specifies the use information included in the provision condition. For example, in a case where the provision condition table shown in FIG. 9 is used, when a user that logs in the portal site is a man in his 40s, the use information indicating "the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week" is specified. Therefore, the portal server 41 transmits, to the data server 2, the use request that requests "the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week". When a plurality of kinds of the provision conditions satisfy the user condition, the portal server 41 specifies a plurality of pieces of the use information associated with the plurality of the provision conditions, respectively, and transmits the use request which requests the health information indicated by the specified use information.

[0105] In another embodiment, sets each including the provision condition and the provision content in the provision condition table may be classified into a plurality of groups. For example, the sets may be classified into the plurality of groups according to, for example, a content of the provision information (introduced commodity·service), a genre of the commodity·service introduced by the provision information, a company that provides the commodity·service introduced by the provision information, and/or a price of the commodity·service introduced by the provision information. At this time, the portal server 41 may cause a user to previously select a group, and may execute a process of specifying the use information merely for the provision condition included in the sets of the selected group. For example, when the sets are classified into groups according to each genre of the commodity·service, a genre for goods (pillow, eye mask, and the like) for improving sleep and a genre of supplements for recovery from fatigue, may be set. At this time, when a user selects only the genre of supplements, the portal server 41 may execute a process of specifying the use information by using the provision conditions included in the genre as subjects to be processed, in the provision condition table. Thus, the provision information that belongs to the genre selected by the user is merely provided to the user, whereby the provision information in the genre in which the user is interested can be effectively provided. A process load, on the portal server 41, in the process of specifying the use information can be reduced.

[0106] The provision condition table indicates what commodity·service is to be introduced according to what health state the user is in. Therefore, the content of the provision condition table may be changed on the service providing side (the service providing server 42). That is, the portal server 41 may change the content of the provision condition table according to a request from the service providing server 42,

[0107] As described above, the use request transmitted from the portal server 41 to the data server 2 includes information indicating requested health information. FIG. 10 illustrates an example of the use request. As shown in FIG. 10, the use request includes requested information, the user identification information, and service identification information. The requested information is information indicating the health information that is requested to be obtained, and is determined on the basis of the specified use information. In the present embodiment, the requested information includes a kind of the health information that is requested to be obtained, and a time (period) when the health information has been obtained by the terminal system 1.

[0108] The user identification information indicates a user corresponding to the health information to be obtained. That is, the user identification information included in the use request indicates for what user the health information is to be obtained according to the use request.

[0109] The service identification information is identification information assigned to the commodity·service provided by the service providing server. The service identification information may be set for each service provider that provides the commodity·service, or may be set for each kind of the commodity·service. The service identification information included in the use request is determined on the basis of the provision information (the provision content associated with the use information indicating the health information in the provision condition table) corresponding to the health information requested by the use request. That is, it can be said that the service identification information corresponds to the provision information. In the present embodiment, the service identification information included in the use request is the service identification information assigned to the commodity·service introduced by the provision information corresponding to the health information requested in the use request, or the service identification information assigned to a service provider that provides the commodity·service.

[0110] The portal server 41 previously stores a table in which the provision content (service provider or the commodity·service specified by the provision content) included in the provision condition table is associated with the service identification information. The portal server 41 specifies the service identification information to be included in the use request with reference to the table.

[0111] When the use request is received, the data server 2 performs the authentication process for the use request (step S15). The authentication process is a process of determining whether or not the health information indicated by the requested information included in the use request can be used for a service indicated by the service identification information included in the use request (in other words, can be used for generating the provision information). In the present embodiment, the authentication process is performed by using the use management table (see FIG. 7) stored in the data server 2.

[0112] FIG. 11 illustrates an example of the use management table. As shown in FIG. 11, the use management table is a table in which the service identification information and use-allowed information are associated with each other. The use-allowed information indicates information, among the health information and the secondary information stored in the data server 2, which can be used (is allowed to be used) for the commodity·service indicated by the service identification information associated with the use-allowed information. The use-allowed information may indicate, for example, a kind of the health information such as "the sleep index·the fatigue index", "all the information", or "sleep index". Alternatively, the use-allowed information may indicate a period (in other words, a period in which the health information has been obtained) for the health information, such as "sleep index in the latest one month", which can be used among the health information chronologically stored. The use-allowed information may indicate, for example, a period in which the service server 3 can use the health information, such as "can be used from December 1, 2013 to December 1, 2014", which is not shown in FIG. 11. That is, the use-allowed information in the use management table may indicate a condition related to a kind of the health information, a condition related to a time when the health information is obtained, or a condition related to a period in which the health information is used (use-allowed period). In the example shown in FIG. 11, a group in which the service identification information corresponding to commodity A is associated with the use-allowed information indicating that the sleep index and the fatigue index can be used, is included. By this group, it is indicated that the sleep index and the fatigue index can be used for the provision information for introducing commodity A.

[0113] In the authentication process of step S15, the data server 2 determines whether or not the health information indicated by the requested information included in the received use request coincides with the health information indicated by the use-allowed information associated (in the use management table) with the service identification information included in the use request. When both the information coincide with each other, the data server 2 determines that the authentication has succeeded, and executes process steps of steps S16 and S17 described below (see FIG. 6). Meanwhile, when both the information do not coincide with each other, the data server 2 determines that authentication has failed, and does not execute the process steps of steps S16 and S17, which is not shown. In this case, the data server 2 transmits, to the portal server 41, a notification that authentication has failed. In this case, the portal server 41 does not generate the provision information, and the provision information is not provided to a user in S19 described below (the main page which does not include the provision information is provided).

[0114] When the authentication has succeeded, the data server 2 executes an analysis process corresponding to the use request (step S16). As described above, in some cases, the health information requested in the use request is information, such as "the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week", obtained by analyzing (processing) the health information stored in the data server 2. In such a case, the data server 2 calculates the health information requested in the use request in a process of analyzing the health information. For example, when the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week is requested, an average value is calculated by using the degrees of fatigue in the latest one week among the health information, of the user, which is indicated by the user identification information included in the use request. When the health information requested in the use request is the health information itself obtained by the terminal system 1, or is the secondary information having been already calculated in the analysis process of step S12 described above, the analysis process may not be executed in step S16.

[0115] Next, the data server 2 transmits, to the portal server 41, the health information requested in the use request (step S17). Thus, the portal server 41 can obtain the health information.

[0116] As described above, in the present embodiment, when the service server 3 generates the provision information, the service server 3 makes a request (use request), to the data server 2, for information used for generating the provision information. The data server 2 transmits, to the service server, stored information (the biological information and/or the health information) in response to the request from the service server 3. Thus, the information obtained from the user can be managed by the data server 2, and the information stored in the data server 2 can be used by the service server 3.

[0117] In the present embodiment, the use request includes the requested information indicating information used for generating the provision information, and identification information (service identification information) related to use of the information stored in the data server 2. The data server 2 determines, on the basis of the identification information included in the use request from the service server 3, whether or not the information indicated by the requested information included in the request is allowed to be used for generating the provision information. When it is determined that the use is allowed, the information indicated by the requested information is transmitted to the service server. Thus, the data server 2 can manage and control the use, by the service server 3, of the accumulated information, and can perform management and control such that the kinds of the information that can be used, can be made different according to the service identification information.

[0118] When the health information is received from the data server 2, the portal server 41 generates the provision information on the basis of the received health information (step S18). That is, the portal server 41 specifies the provision information that satisfies the provision condition (user condition and health condition) in the provision condition table by using the received health information. For example, when the provision condition table shown in FIG. 9 is used, the received value of the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week for a user who is a man in his 40s is higher than or equal to 4, the provision information for introducing commodity A is specified. When no provision content satisfies the provision condition, the provision information is not generated, and the provision information is not transmitted. The number of pieces of the provision information specified in the process step of step S18 may be plural.

[0119] In the process step of step S18, the portal server 41 stores a history of the provision information having been specified. That is, the portal server 41 updates the content of the user provision history information (see FIG. 8) included in the user information for the user who has performed log-in.

[0120] FIG. 12 illustrates an example of the user provision history information. In the present embodiment, the user provision history information includes information in which provided-content information, provision date information, purchase information, and additional provision time information are grouped. The provided-content information included in the user provision history information indicates the content of the provision information provided to a user, similarly to the provision content in the provision condition table described above. The provision date information indicates a time (in the description herein, year, month, and day) when the provision information associated therewith is provided. In the present embodiment, the provision date information indicating year, month, and day is stored. However, information indicating a time in addition to year, month, and day may be stored.

[0121] The purchase information indicates whether or not the commodity·service introduced by the provision information associated therewith has been purchased. The additional provision time information indicates whether or not the provision information is additionally provided after the provision information associated therewith is provided, and indicates a time when the additional provision is performed in the case of the additional provision being performed. The additional provision time information will be described below.

[0122] In the process step of step S18 described above, the portal server 41 adds the information in the above-described group to the user provision history information for the specified provision information. Specifically, the portal server 41 adds, to the user provision history information, the provided-content information which indicates the provision information specified in the process step of step S18, the provision date information indicating year, month, and day when the provision information is provided, the purchase information indicating that purchasing is not performed, and additional provision time information indicating that additional provision is not performed. In the process step of step S18, the purchase information is stored so as to indicate that "purchasing is not performed" and the additional provision time information is stored so as to indicate that "additional providing is not performed". However, the purchase information and the additional provision time information are updated when a commodity or the like is purchased, as described below.

[0123] Next, the portal server 41 generates a web page including the specified provision information, and transmits the web page to the terminal system 1 (step S19). In the present embodiment, the web page is a main page (also referred to as a top page or a home page) which is firstly displayed when the terminal system 1 accesses (logs in) the portal site. However, in another embodiment, the page including the provision information may not be the main page. When the main page is received by the terminal system 1, the main page is displayed by the display 16 in the main terminal device 10. Thus, the provision information is provided to the user.

[0124] FIG. 13 illustrates an example of the main page displayed by the terminal system. As shown in FIG. 13, the main page includes a provision information section 51 and a history viewing section 52. In the provision information section 51, the provision information (information for introducing a pillow as a commodity in FIG. 13) is displayed. In the present embodiment, the content displayed in the provision information section 51 is defined by the provision information. In FIG. 13, the provision information section 51 contains one kind of the provision information. However, the provision information section 51 may contain a plurality of pieces of the provision information.

[0125] The provision information section 51 includes a purchase button 53 by which the commodity related to the provision information is purchased. That is, when a user performs an input for designating the purchase button 53, a commodity purchase page for purchasing of the commodity is newly displayed on the display 16, and the user is allowed to purchase the commodity. In the present embodiment, the commodity purchase page is a page (page in the portal site) provided by the portal server 41. However, in another embodiment, the commodity purchase page may be a page (page outside the portal site) provided by the service providing server. That is, the purchase button 53 may indicate a link to the commodity purchase page provided by the service providing server.

[0126] The history viewing section 52 is provided so as to allow the history of the health information stored in the data server 2 to be referred to. In the present embodiment, the history viewing section 52 includes a button indicating year and month, and, when a user performs an input for designating the button, a page on which the health information for the designated year and month is displayed, is displayed on the display 16.

[0127] As described above, in the present embodiment, the service server 3 generates the provision information including information related to a commodity or a service for improving an index indicated by the health information of the user. Thus, useful information related to the commodity·service can be provided to the user. The service server 3 generates the provision information including information of the web page for allowing a user to purchase the commodity·service, or link information for link to the web page. Thus, when the provision information for introducing the commodity·service is provided, the user can purchase the commodity·service provided therein, in a simple operation, thereby improving usability for the user.

<3> Process for purchasing of commodity



[0128] Next, a process performed when a user purchases a commodity indicated by the provision information displayed on the main page, will be described. When a user performs an input of an operation for purchasing a commodity on the commodity purchase page, the terminal system 1 transmits, to the portal server 41, a notification of instruction for purchase (step S20). The notification of instruction for purchase includes the user identification information and information for identifying a commodity to be purchased. When the notification of instruction for purchase is received, the portal server 41 transmits the notification of purchase to the service providing server 42 that provides the commodity to be purchased (step S21). The notification of purchase includes the user identification information and the information for identifying the commodity to be purchased, both of which are included in the notification of instruction for purchase.

[0129] When the notification of purchase is received from the portal server 41, the service providing server 42 executes a providing process related to providing of the commodity·service (step S22). For example, when data is provided as the commodity·service via a network, the providing process is, for example, a process of transmitting data related to the commodity or service. The "data related to the commodity or service" is, for example, music data, data of recipes for meals, application data, or the like. The "data related to the commodity or service" may be, for example, data (application) for illumination, by the illumination section 17 of the main terminal device 10, for inducing sleep onset or wake-up of the user. When the terminal system 1 has a loudspeaker, the "data related to the commodity or service" may be data (application) for outputting, from the loudspeaker, music for inducing sleep onset or wake-up of the user.

[0130] When a commodity (for example, sleep improving goods such as a pillow or an eye mask) which is an actual object is provided, the providing process is, for example, a process of transmitting, to the terminal system 1 of the user, a notification that purchase of a commodity has been received, or a process of transmitting, to the terminal system 1 of the user, a notification that the commodity is delivered. When a service (for example, massage or the like) is actually provided, the providing process is a process of transmitting, to the terminal system 1 of the user, a notification that purchase of the service has been received, or a process of transmitting, to the terminal system 1 of the user, a notification of a date and time when the service is provided. For example, the service server 3 may introduce a massage service by the provision information (for example, introduce a massage shop located near the user), and perform booking (purchase of a massage service) of a massage on the portal site.

[0131] As described above, the service server 3 may transmit, to the terminal system 1, the data related to the commodity or service, according to an instruction, from a user, for purchasing the commodity or service being received from the terminal system 1.

[0132] When the notification of instruction for purchase is received, the portal server 41 updates the user provision history information (FIG. 12) related to the user who has issued an instruction for purchase such that purchase of the commodity is reflected (step S23). Specifically, the portal server 41 updates the purchase information associated with the provision information for introducing the commodity for which the instruction for purchase has been issued such that the content of the purchase information indicates that "purchasing has been performed". The portal server 41 updates the additional provision time information associated with the provision information such that the content of the additional provision time information indicates a time when the additional provision information is to be provided.

[0133] In the present embodiment, when the commodity·service introduced by the provision information has been purchased, new provision information is provided after the purchase. Hereinafter, the provision information that is additionally provided anew is referred to as "additional provision information". The content of the additional provision information and the content of the provision information having been firstly provided may be different from each other, or may be the same. The content of the additional provision information is determined on the basis of the health information, of the user, which has been uploaded after the commodity·service has been purchased. The detail thereof will be described below.

[0134] In step S23 described above, a time when the additional provision information is provided is determined, and the additional provision time information in the user provision history information is updated such that the content of the additional provision time information indicate the determined time. The portal server 41 determines a time when the additional provision information is provided, according to the provision information having been provided. In the present embodiment, the time at which the additional provision information is provided is determined by using the additional provision condition table (see FIG. 8) stored in the portal server 41.

[0135] FIG. 14 illustrates an example of the additional provision condition table. The additional provision condition table is a table for determining the content of the additional provision information and a timing for the additional provision information. As shown in FIG. 14, the additional provision condition table is a table in which an immediately preceding provided-content, an additional provision time, an additional provision condition, and an additional provision content are associated with each other. Similarly to the provision condition table, the additional provision condition table is preset and stored in the portal server 41, and the content of the additional provision condition table may be updated at an appropriate time. Similarly to the provision condition table, the content of the additional provision condition table may be changed on the service providing side (the service providing server 42).

[0136] The immediately preceding provided-content represents content of the provision information which has been provided immediately preceding time. In other words, the immediately preceding provided-content represents the content of the provision information that causes providing of the additional provision information. The additional provision time represents a time when additional providing is performed, that is, a time when the additional provision information associated with the additional provision time is provided. In the present embodiment, the additional provision time represents, for example, a time that has elapsed from purchase of the commodity·service, such as "two weeks after purchase" or "one month after purchase". However, in another embodiment, the additional provision time may represent: a time that has elapsed from the time when the provision information has been provided immediately preceding time; or a time that has elapsed from the time when the commodity has been actually used or a time that has elapsed from the time when the service has been actually performed, in the case of the time when the commodity has been actually used or the time when the service has been actually performed being obtained by the portal server 41. The additional provision condition and the additional provision content will be described below in detail

[0137] In step S23, the portal server 41 specifies the provision information for introducing a purchased commodity, and specifies the additional provision time associated (in the additional provision condition table) with the immediately preceding provided-content indicating the specified provision information. The portal server 41 calculates a time (in the description herein, year, month, and day) when additional providing is performed, on the basis of the specified additional provision time. The additional provision time information in the user provision history information is updated so as to represent the information of the calculated year, month, and day. For example, when the current time (time when purchase is performed) is December 6, 2013, and the specified additional provision time is "two weeks after the purchase", information indicating December 20, 2013 is stored as the additional provision time information.

<4> Process of providing additional provision information after commodity·service has been purchased.



[0138] As described above, in the present embodiment, when the commodity·service has been purchased, a time when the additional provision information is provided is determined on the basis of the provision information for introducing the purchased commodity·service. The portal server 41 periodically determines whether or not the additional provision time has come, by periodically referring to the user provision history information for each user. When it is determined that the additional provision time has come, the portal server 41 executes a process (S24 to S29 shown in FIG. 6) of providing the user with the additional provision information for which the additional provision time has come. That is, when a predetermined time (period specified by the additional provision time in the additional provision condition table) has elapsed from purchasing of the commodity, the above-described process is executed (see FIG. 6).

[0139] Specifically, when there is the additional provision information for which provision time has come, the portal server 41 transmits, to the data server 2, the use request for requesting use of the health information needed for determining the additional provision information (step S24). The health information needed for determining the additional provision information is the health information used for determining the additional provision condition (see FIG. 14) for the additional provision information. In the process step of step S24, the health information needed for determining the additional provision information is determined by using the additional provision condition table stored in the portal server 41.

[0140] As shown in FIG. 14, in the additional provision condition table, the immediately preceding provided-content, (the additional provision time), the additional provision condition, and the additional provision content are associated with each other. The additional provision condition indicates a condition (additional provision condition) for providing the additional provision information, for the provision information indicated by the immediately preceding provided-content associated therewith.

[0141] The additional provision condition includes use information indicating the health information used for determining the additional provision condition. The use information is similar to the use information included in the provision condition. However, the use information included in the additional provision condition may be set, for example, so as to designate both the health information before purchase of the commodity·service and the health information after purchase of the commodity·service, such as "the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week and the average degree of fatigue in one week immediately before the purchase".

[0142] The additional provision condition represents a condition related to the health information of a user. Specifically, the additional provision condition may represent a condition related to change (change of a user's state indicated by the health information) of the health information such as "the degree of fatigue has improved" or "the degree of fatigue has not improved". The additional provision condition may be similar to the health condition (see FIG. 9) described above, and, for example, the condition related to a user's state indicated by the health information, such as "the average sleep hours in the latest one week are less than or equal to five hours", may be set as the additional provision condition.

[0143] The additional provision content represents the content of the additional provision information provided when the additional provision condition associated therewith is satisfied. Similarly to the provision content in the provision condition table described above, as additional provision content included in the additional provision condition table, information indicating the content itself of the provision information may be set, or information indicating the identification number assigned to the provision information may be set.

[0144] In step S24 described above, the portal server 41 firstly specifies the provision information corresponding to the additional provision information for which the provision time has come, with reference to the user provision history information. That is, the portal server 41 specifies the provision information indicated by the provided-content information associated with the additional provision time information for which the provision time has come, in the user provision history information.

[0145] Next, the portal server 41 specifies the additional provision condition for the additional provision information corresponding to the provision information having been specified as described above. That is, the portal server 41 specifies the additional provision condition associated with the immediately preceding provided-content indicating the provision information having been specified, with reference to the additional provision condition table. The portal server 41 specifies the use information included in the additional provision condition having been specified, and transmits, to the data server 2, the use request for obtaining the health information indicated by the use information having been specified. That is, the use request including the requested information indicating the health information is transmitted to the data server 2. For example, a case where, when the additional provision condition table shown in FIG. 14 is used, the provision information indicating "introduction of commodity A" is specified, will be described. In this case, the use information indicating "the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week, the average degree of fatigue in one week immediately before purchase", is specified and the use request for obtaining the health information indicated by the use information is transmitted to the data server 2.

[0146] The use request which is transmitted in step S24 includes the requested information, the user identification information, and the service identification information, similarly to the use request which is transmitted in step S14. The contents of the three kinds of information are determined in a method similar to the method in the process step of step S14. For example, as in a case where the use information indicating "the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week, the average degree of fatigue in one week immediately before purchase" is specified, the requested information sometimes indicates the health information in a predetermined period based on the time of purchase. In this case, the portal server 41 may use, as the purchase date, a date indicated by the provision date information of the user provision history information, or may use, when a date on which the commodity has been purchased is previously stored, the stored date as the purchase date, in order to calculate the predetermined period.

[0147] The data server 2 executes the process similar to the process steps of step S15 to S17 according to the use request from the portal server 41. That is, the data server 2 performs the authentication process for the use request (S25). When the authentication has succeeded, an analysis process according to the use request is executed as appropriate (step S26). The health information requested in the use request is transmitted to the portal server 41 (step S27).

[0148] When the health information is received from the data server 2, the portal server 41 generates the additional provision information on the basis of the received health information (step S28). That is, the portal server 41 determines, by using the received health information, whether or not the additional provision condition specified in step S24 described above is satisfied. The portal server 41 generates the additional provision information having additional provision content that satisfies the additional provision condition. When no additional provision content satisfies the additional provision condition, the additional provision information is not generated. The number of pieces of the additional provision information specified in the process step of step S28 may be plural.

[0149] FIG. 15 illustrates an example of a method for determining the additional provision condition. As shown in FIG. 15, in the present embodiment, the health information (the degree of fatigue in the drawings) obtained every day is stored in the data server 2. As described above, in the present embodiment, whether or not the additional provision condition is satisfied is determined, in some cases, by comparison between the health information before purchase of the commodity·service and the health information after purchase of the commodity·service. In these cases, the health information in a predetermined period from the current time to a previous time is firstly analyzed as the health information of the user after the purchase, and the health information in a predetermined period from the time of the purchase to a previous time is analyzed as the health information of the user before the purchase. For example, as shown in FIG. 15, the data server 2 calculates an average degree of fatigue in the latest one week and an average degree of fatigue in one week immediately before the purchase, as analysis results, according to the use request from the portal server 41. The portal server 41 performs comparison between the result of the analysis (the average degree of fatigue in one week immediately before the purchase) of the health information before the purchase, and the result of the analysis (the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week) of the health information after the purchase, whereby whether or not the health state of the user has improved is determined. For example, when the average degree of fatigue is reduced by a predetermined value or more, the portal server 41 determines that the health state (the degree of fatigue) of the user has improved, whereas when the average degree of fatigue is not reduced by the predetermined value or more, the portal server 41 determines that the health state (the degree of fatigue) of the user has not improved. The portal server 41 generates the additional provision information such that the content thereof is different according to the determination results. For example, in the example of the additional provision condition table shown in FIG. 14, when it is determined that the degree of fatigue has improved, on the basis of: the average degree of fatigue in one week immediately before the purchase; and the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week, the additional provision information for introducing commodity D is generated. Meanwhile, when it is determined that the degree of fatigue has not improved, the additional provision information for introducing commodity E is generated.

[0150] As described above, in the present embodiment, the analysis (time-series analysis in consideration of time at which the health information is obtained) is performed on the basis of a plurality of pieces of the health information that are time-series data accumulated for a user for which the health state is analyzed. Thus, change of the health state of the user can be known. Therefore, the provision information based on such an analysis is provided, thereby providing useful information.

[0151] In the present embodiment, the additional provision information according to an effect of improvement (of the health state) by the commodity or service is generated on the basis of the health information obtained by the terminal system after the commodity or service indicated in the provision information has been purchased. Thus, the effect of the commodity·service can be determined, and appropriate provision information can be provided according to the determination result.

[0152] As described above, in the present embodiment, the data server 2 performs analysis by comparison between: the health state based on the information obtained by the terminal system 1 before a predetermined reference time (time of purchase); and the health state based on the information obtained by the terminal system 1 after the reference time. Thus, change of the health state by the provision information (or the commodity·service provided by the provision information) can be accurately analyzed, and the provision information based on the analysis is generated, whereby the provision content can be made useful.

[0153] The predetermined reference time represents, for example, a time when the commodity·service introduced by the provision information is purchased. However, the predetermined reference time may be any time based on the provision information having been provided to a user. For example, the reference time may be a time when the provision information is provided. For example, when a time when a user starts using the commodity, and/or a time when a user receives the provided service can be obtained on the server side, such a time may be used as the reference time.

[0154] When the additional provision information has been generated, the portal server 41 transmits the additional provision information to the terminal system 1 (step S29). A method for transmitting the additional provision information may be any method. In the present embodiment, a message indicating that there is the additional provision information is transmitted by push notification to the terminal system 1. That is, when the additional provision information has been generated, the portal server 41 transmits the message in a method in which notification of the message is made even when a user does not perform an operation (does not access the portal site). That is, the terminal system 1 that receives the message, performs display of the message on the display 16 independently of the operation by the user. The user accesses the portal site by using the terminal system 1 according to the message. When the user logs in the portal site, the portal server 41 generates the main page that includes the additional provision information, and transmits the main page to the terminal system 1. Thus, the additional provision information is provided to the user.

[0155] As described above, the service server 3 transmits, to the terminal (terminal device (the main terminal device 10) in the terminal system 1) of the user, the notification (the above-described message) of the additional provision information, at a time independent of a time when the user performs the operation on the terminal device, according to the additional provision information having been generated. In another embodiment, the additional provision information itself may be transmitted to the terminal system 1 by push notification. That is, the additional provision information may be transmitted from the portal server 41 to the terminal system 1, independently of the operation performed by the user. In other words, the additional provision information may be displayed by the terminal system 1 without access to the portal site. Thus, the notification that the additional provision information has been generated can be made to the user, at an appropriate time, by notification of the additional provision information, or by the additional provision information being transmitted to the terminal system 1 by push notification.

[0156] In another embodiment, the above-described message may not be transmitted. In this case, at a time when the portal server 41 has generated the additional provision information, the user is not notified thereof, and, when the user accesses the portal site the subsequent time, the additional provision information is provided.

[0157] In another embodiment, similarly to the additional provision information, the push notification may be used for the provision information (which is not the additional provision information). That is, the service server 3 may transmit notification of the provision information (which is not the additional provision information) or the provision information itself, at a time independent of a time when the user performs the operation on the terminal device. More specifically, the portal server 3 may execute the process steps of steps S14 and S18, according to a predetermined condition having been satisfied (according to, for example, a predetermined time having come).

[0158] As described above, in the present embodiment, after the provision information is provided, the additional provision information is provided. After the provision information is provided, the process of analyzing the information (the health information) from the terminal system 1, and the process of generating the additional provision information based on the result of the analysis may be repeatedly executed. For example, the portal server 41 may set a time (for example, after purchase of the commodity, every two weeks) that repeatedly comes, as the additional provision time in the additional provision condition table (see FIG. 14). Thus, the analysis process and the generation process are repeatedly executed each time the time comes. For example, the portal server 41 may set a group (group including the immediately preceding provided-content, the additional provision time, the additional provision condition, and additional provision content) in which the provision information indicated by additional provision content is included as the immediately preceding provided-content in the additional provision condition table. For example, a group in which the provision information for introducing commodity D is set as the immediately preceding provided-content in the additional provision condition table shown in FIG. 14, may be set. Thus, when a user purchases commodity D according to the additional provision information being provided, the additional provision information is further provided after the purchase. As described above, the analysis process and the generation process are repeated, whereby useful information can be continuously provided to a user.

(Process by data server 2)



[0159] FIG. 16 is a flow chart showing an example of a flow of a process executed by the data server 2. In the present embodiment, the data server 2 repeatedly executes a series of process from step S30 to step S37 shown in FIG. 16. The series of process is performed by the CPU that is a processing section of the data server 2 executing a predetermined information processing program stored in a program storage section of the data server 2. When the data server 2 includes a plurality of information processing devices, the CPUs of the respective information processing devices may share the execution of the series of process.

[0160] Firstly, in step S30, the processing section of the data server 2 determines whether or not the health information is received from the terminal system 1 (see S11 shown in FIG. 6). When the result of the determination in step S30 is affirmative, the process step of step S31 is executed. When the result of the determination in step S30 is negative, the process step of step S34 describe below is executed.

[0161] In step S31, the processing section stores the health information received from the terminal system 1, in a storage section of the data server 2, for each user (see FIG. 7). In step S32, the processing section determines whether or not the secondary information is to be calculated, on the basis of the received health information. This determination is performed according to, for example, whether or not a time when the secondary information is to be calculated has come, or whether or not the health information for calculating the secondary information has been accumulated. When the result of the determination in step S32 is affirmative, the process step of step S33 is performed. When the result of the determination in step S32 is negative, the process step of step S34 described below is executed.

[0162] In step S33, the processing section calculates the secondary information on the basis of the received health information, and stores the calculated secondary information in the storage section of the data server 2 (see S12 shown in FIG. 6). As described above, the data server 2 stores the health information (step S31) each time the health information is received from any one of the plurality of users, and calculates and stores the secondary information as appropriate.

[0163] In step S34, the processing section determines whether or not the use request is received from the portal server 41 (see S14, S24 shown in FIG. 6). When the result of the determination in step S34 is affirmative, the process step of step S35 is executed. When the result of the determination in step S34 is negative, the process step of step S30 is executed again.

[0164] In step S35, the processing section executes the authentication process for the use request having been received in step S34 (see S15, S25 shown in FIG. 6), and determines whether or not the authentication has succeeded. When the result of the determination in step S35 is affirmative, the process step of step S36 is executed. When the result of the determination in step S35 is negative, the process step of step S37 is executed.

[0165] In step S36, the processing section transmits, to the portal server 41, the health information requested in the use request. That is, the processing section analyzes, as appropriate, the health information stored in the storage section, and transmits, to the portal server 41, the health information, and/or the health information that is the result of the analysis (see S16, S17, S26, S27 shown in FIG. 6).

[0166] Meanwhile, in step S37, the processing section transmits, to the portal server 41, notification that the authentication has failed. When the process step of step S36 or S37 is completed, the process step of step S30 is executed again. In the process steps of S30 to S37 described above, the operation performed by the data server 2 as shown in FIG. 6 is implemented.

(Process by portal server 41)



[0167] FIG. 17 is a flow chart showing an example of a flow of a process executed by the portal server 41. The portal server 41 repeatedly executes a series of process from step S41 to step S49 shown in FIG. 17. The series of process is performed by the CPU that is a processing section of the portal server 41 executing a predetermined information processing program stored in a program storage section of the portal server 41. When the portal server 41 includes a plurality of information processing devices, the CPUs of the respective information processing devices may share the execution of the series of process.

[0168] Firstly, in step S41, the processing section of the portal server 41 determines whether or not access from the terminal system 1 is performed and log-in is performed by a user of the terminal system 1 (S13 shown in FIG. 6). When the result of the determination in step S41 is affirmative, the process step of step S42 is executed. When the result of the determination in step S41 is negative, the process step of step S44 described below is executed.

[0169] In step S42, the processing section generates the provision information (see S14, S18 shown in FIG. 6). In step S43, the processing section generates the main page that includes the provision information and transmits the main page to the terminal system 1 (see S19 shown in FIG. 6). At this time, when the additional provision information having been already generated has not been provided yet, the processing section generates the main page including the additional provision information, in addition to the provision information. The provision information and the additional provision information are provided so as to be distinguished from each other (for example, such that display positions on the page and/or display manners are different). In the terminal system 1, in a period from display of the main page to the log-out from the portal site by the user, the process of displaying, on the terminal system 1, the web page (for example, page indicated by the history of the health information) is executed as appropriate according to an input from the user, which is not shown.

[0170] In step S44, the processing section determines whether or not a commodity introduced by the provision information in the portal site is purchased. This determination is performed according to whether or not the notification of instruction for purchase has been received from the terminal system 1. When the result of the determination in step S44 is affirmative, the process step of step S45 is executed. When the result of the determination in step S44 is negative, the process step of step S47 described below is executed.

[0171] In step S45, the processing section transmits the notification of purchase to the service providing server 42 (see S21 shown in FIG. 6). In step S46, the processing section updates the user provision history information so as to reflect the purchasing of the commodity (see S23 shown in FIG. 6). As described above, at this time, a time when the additional provision information is to be provided is determined.

[0172] In step S47, the processing section determines whether or not the time when the additional provision information is to be provided has come (see S24 shown in FIG. 6). When the result of the determination in step S47 is affirmative, the process step of step S48 is executed. When the result of the determination in step S47 is negative, the process step of step S41 is executed again.

[0173] In step S48, the processing section generates the additional provision information for which the provision time has come (see S28 shown in FIG. 6). In step S49, the processing section transmits, to the terminal system 1, the message that notifies the user of presence of the additional provision information (see S29 shown in FIG. 6). When the user logs in the portal site according to the message having been displayed on the terminal system 1, the main page including the additional provision information is transmitted from the portal server 41 to the terminal system 1 by the process step of step S43, and the main page is displayed on the terminal system 1. When the process step of step S49 has been completed, the process step of step S41 is executed again. In the process from S41 to S49 described above, the operation performed by the portal server 41 as shown in FIG. 6 is implemented.

[5. Function and effect of the present embodiment]



[0174] As described above, in the present embodiment, the terminal system 1 transmits the health information to the server system (system on the server side. the data server 2 and the service server 3 in the above embodiment). The server system receives transmission information (health information) from the terminal system 1, and stores the received transmission information such that the transmission information is associated with a user.

[0175] The server system generates the provision information to be provided to the user for improving an index obtained from the transmission information or an index included in the transmission information (index indicated by the health information related to the user, specifically, the sleep index, the fatigue index), on the basis of the result of the analysis of the transmission information, and transmits the provision information to the terminal system 1 (S18, S19). The server system generates additional provision information that is different from the provision information having been provided, on the basis of the result of the analysis of the transmission information that is obtained by the terminal system 1 after the provision information has been provided to the user, and transmits the additional provision information to the terminal system 1 (S28, S29).

[0176] Thus, the first provision information is provided, and a user state is analyzed on the basis of the health information having been thereafter obtained, and new provision information is generated on the basis of the result of the analysis. Thus, the second provision information can be provided in consideration of an effect (including a result of determination as to whether or not the effect is found) exerted by the first provision information, whereby useful information can be provided to the user. For example, when the commodity·service introduced by the first provision information has been purchased, the effect of the commodity·service is determined on the basis of the health information obtained after the purchase, and the second provision information can be provided according to the effect, whereby useful information can be provided to the user.

[0177] In the present embodiment, the server system (data server 2) stores (accumulates in the present embodiment), as the storage information, the transmission information received from the terminal system and information (health information) obtained from the transmission information such that the transmission information and the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user. The data server 2 receives, from the service server 3 that provides the provision information to the user of the terminal system by using the storage information, the use request that includes: the requested information indicating the information used for generating the provision information; and the service identification information for identifying a service related to the provision information, as a request (use request) for use of the storage information for generating the provision information (S14, S24, FIG. 10). The data server 2 determines whether or not the information indicated by the use information included in the use request is allowed to be used for generating the provision information, on the basis of the service identification information included in the use request which is received from the service server 3 (S15, S25). When the use is determined to be allowed, the information that is based on the storage information and indicated by the requested information is transmitted to the service server 3.

[0178] Thus, the server system can manage and control use of the storage information by the service server. For example, the server system can also manage and control use of the storage information for each kind of use-allowed information according to the service identification information. Thus, by use of the storage information being managed and controlled, the server system can provide a service for allowing the service server to use the storage information by charging the fee according to the use. For example, in the above embodiment, a managing company that manages the data server 2 and the portal server 41 can provide a service that allows a service provider that manages the service providing server 42 to use the storage information.

[0179] The server system stores association information (use management table) in which the service identification information, and use-allowance information (use-allowed information) that indicates the information which is based on the storage information, and which is allowed to be used for the service indicated by the service identification information, are associated with each other. The above determination is performed on the basis of the association information. Thus, the determination is facilitated.

[0180] In the present embodiment, the server system determines whether or not information that is indicated by the requested information included in the use request which is received from the service server can be used, on the basis of a condition related to the kind of the storage information, a time when the storage information is obtained, and/or a period in which the storage information is used (S15). Thus, use of the storage information can be managed according to the kind of the storage information and/or the time when the storage information is obtained. Further, a period of use can be set for the storage information. When the above-described managing company provides a service of allowing a service provider to use the storage information as described above, the managing company can set, for example, a use fee of the storage information according to the storage information that can be used.

[0181] In the present embodiment, the server system (portal server 41) generates the provision information for introducing the commodity·service on the basis of the transmission information (S19), and receives, from a user to which the provision information has been provided, a purchase instruction for purchasing of the commodity·service indicated by the provision information (S20). Thus, the server system can perform not only a service of providing the provision information related to the commodity·service, but also a service of providing the commodity·service introduced by the provision information. A user is allowed to purchase the commodity·service indicated by the server system by making an instruction to the server system, thereby improving convenience in the purchase.

[0182] In the present embodiment, the portal server 41 in the service server 3 transmits, to the service providing server 42, a predetermined notification of purchase according to the purchase instruction having been received. The service providing server 42 executes a service providing process (S22) according to the notification of purchase having been received. Thus, the service providing process is performed by the service providing server 42 on the service provider side for providing the commodity·service, and purchasing of the commodity·service can be managed by the portal server 41 on the managing company side.

[0183] In the present embodiment, the information processing system calculates an index indicating fatigue of a user. That is, the information processing system automatically obtains the biological information from a non-worn type sensor (Doppler sensor 11), and stores the obtained biological information (S5). The information processing system calculates a fatigue index of the user on the basis of the stored biological information (S7). Thus, a fatigue degree of the user can be measured without making the user conscious of the measurement.

[0184] The terminal system 1 repeatedly obtains the biological information from the sensor. The biological information having been repeatedly obtained is stored and accumulated, and the fatigue index of a user is calculated on the basis of the biological information which is stored and accumulated. Thus, the fatigue degree of the user can be continuously measured.

[6. Modifications]


(Modification in which provision condition is automatically updated)



[0185] In the modification of the above embodiment, the provision condition may be automatically updated on the basis of the health information obtained from each user. In the health information obtained after the commodity·service introduced by the provision information has been purchased, the health state after the use of the commodity·service by the user is reflected. Therefore, an effect obtained by the commodity·service being used by the user can be inferred from the health information. In the present modification, the portal server 41 updates the provision condition on the basis of such an effect. Thus, the provision information that is more effective for the user can be provided. Hereinafter, the present modification will be described in detail.

[0186] In the present modification, the portal server 41 stores a condition update table for updating of the provision condition. FIG. 18 illustrates an example of the condition update table. As shown in FIG. 18, the condition update table is a table in which the provision content, an update condition, and an update content are associated with each other for each provision information. Similarly to the provision content in the provision condition table, the provision content represents a content of the provision information.

[0187] The update condition represents a condition for updating the provision condition (provision condition associated with the provision information in the provision condition table) related to the provision information. In the present modification, the update condition includes a number-of-pieces-of-data condition, and a change condition. The number-of-pieces-of-data condition represents a condition related to the number of pieces of data for effect information indicating the effect of the commodity·service introduced by the provision information. The effect information represents a result of an analysis of the health information obtained after the commodity·service has been purchased, and represents, for example, the health information used for determining the additional provision condition. When the additional provision condition is determined, according to the commodity·service in a certain piece of provision information having been purchased, after the purchase thereof, the portal server 41 stores, as the effect information, the health information used for the determination. Therefore, when a plurality of users purchase the commodity·service, the number of pieces of effect information corresponding to the number of the users that has purchased the commodity·service are obtained (stored) by the portal server 41.

[0188] The number-of-pieces-of-data condition represents a condition related to the number (the number of pieces of data) of pieces of the effect information stored as described above. As the number-of-pieces-of-data condition, for example, a condition that "the effect information for 100 persons has been obtained" is set.

[0189] The change condition represents a condition related to the effect information for the number-of-pieces-of-data condition. As the change condition, for example, a condition that "the number of pieces of the effect information indicating that the effect is found is greater than or equal to a predetermined number", is set.

[0190] In the present modification, the portal server 41 determines, according to the effect information having been stored for a certain piece of provision information, whether or not the provision condition for the certain piece of provision information is to be updated. Specifically, the portal server 41 specifies the number-of-pieces-of-data condition, which is associated with the provision content of the provision information in the condition update table, and determines whether or not the number of pieces of data of the stored effect information satisfies the specified number-of-pieces-of-data condition. For example, when the condition update table shown in FIG. 18 is used, the portal server 41 determines whether or not the stored number of pieces of data for the effect information reaches 100 (whether or not the effect information for 100 users has been obtained). The result of the above determination indicates that the number-of-pieces-of-data condition is not satisfied, the portal server 41 determines that the provision condition is not updated.

[0191] Meanwhile, when it is determined that the number-of-pieces-of-data condition is satisfied, the portal server 41 determines whether or not the change condition is satisfied, on the basis of the stored effect information. For example, when the condition update table shown in FIG. 18 is used, the portal server 41 determines whether or not the number of pieces of the effect information indicating that an effect is found, among the stored (100 pieces of) effect information, is greater than or equal to a predetermined number (for example, 70). The "effect information indicating that an effect is found" is the health information for which, for example, the result of the determination as to the additional provision condition that "the degree of fatigue has improved" shown in FIG. 14 is affirmative. That is, in the present modification, whether or not the effect information indicates that the effect is found can be determined on the basis of the result of the determination of the additional provision condition.

[0192] When it is determined that the change condition is satisfied, the portal server 41 updates the provision condition table according to the update content associated with the change condition. The update content indicates the content, to be updated, of the provision condition corresponding to the provision information, for example, indicates that "the threshold value is decreased by 0.1". For example, when the provision condition that "(the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week) is higher than or equal to 4" at the first line from the top in the provision condition table shown in FIG. 9 is updated according to the update content, shown in FIG. 18, that "the threshold value is decreased by 0.1", the updated provision condition is a condition that "(the average degree of fatigue in the latest one week) is greater than or equal to 3.9". The update content may make the provision condition more lax or may make the provision condition more strict.

[0193] In the above modification, an exemplary case where the provision condition table is updated is described. However, the service server 3 may update the additional provision condition table.

[0194] In the above modification, the provision condition table is updated according to the change condition having been satisfied. Therefore, when the change condition is repeatedly satisfied, the updating is repeatedly (in other words, continuously) performed.

[0195] As described above, the server system stores, as the storage information, the transmission information received from each terminal system and/or information (health information) obtained from the received transmission information such that the transmission information and the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with a user. The server system stores a condition (condition for determining the content of the provision information to be generated, specifically, the provision condition or the additional provision condition) related to generation of the provision information to be provided to the user for improving an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information. The server system generates the provision information on the basis of the storage information and the condition. The server system analyzes the transmission information that is related to a plurality of users to which the provision information has been provided and obtained after the provision information has been provided, and (automatically) updates the condition on the basis of the result of the analysis (the effect information). The condition is thus updated, whereby more effective provision information can be provided.

[0196] In the above modification, information obtained after the commodity·service introduced by the provision information has been purchased is used as "information obtained after the provision information has been provided" which is used for updating the provision condition. That is, information obtained after a time when a predetermined action due to the provision information being provided is performed, may be used as "information obtained after the provision information has been provided". The time when the predetermined action is performed may be, for example, "a time when the commodity·service (introduced by the provision information has been purchased" or "a time when the commodity·service (introduced by the provision information has been used", in the above modification.

[0197] The condition (provision condition) includes at least one health condition related to the health information. Thus, the provision information according to the health information for a user can be provided. The server system updates the health condition on the basis of a result of analysis of information obtained after the provision information has been provided. Thus, the health state of the user obtained after the provision information has been provided is analyzed, and the health condition can be updated according to the result of the analysis.

[0198] In the above modification, the terminal system 1 repeatedly obtains the biological information of a user, and repeatedly transmits the transmission information to the server system. The server system repeatedly receives the transmission information from each of the terminal systems 1 of a plurality of users, stores and accumulates the transmission information, and continuously (repeatedly) updates the provision condition on the basis of the storage information that is stored and accumulated. The provision information is generated on the basis of the updated condition. FIG. 19 illustrates an effect according to the modification. The provision condition is updated as in the present modification, whereby the service server 3 can provide more effective provision information to the user. Effective provision information can be provided, whereby the number of users that use the service for providing the provision information are expected to be increased. Therefore, the data server 2 can obtain the health information for the increased number of users. When the increased number of pieces of the health information can be obtained, the provision condition can be updated so as to be more effective. Thus, the provision condition is automatically updated, whereby the cycle become advantageous, and more effective provision information can be provided.

[0199] The server system determines whether or not the condition is to be updated, according to calculation of a predetermined number of the analysis results having been enabled (according to the analysis results for a predetermined number of persons having been obtained). Thus, whether or not the condition is to be updated is determined when a predetermined number of the analysis results are obtained, whereby the condition can be accurately improved by the updating.

[0200] The content of each of the provision condition table and the update condition table is not limited to the above-described content. For example, the provision condition may include a priority (priority level) assigned to the provision information (provision content). When a plurality of the provision conditions are satisfied at the same time, the provision information having a higher priority (highest priority level) may be provided (generated). At this time, the update content included in the update condition table may be for changing the priority. For example, when the change condition indicating that an effect of improvement by the provision information is found (the index indicated by the health information is improved) is satisfied, the priority may be changed so as to be enhanced. Specifically, the priority level is set as "5" to "1" in order, respectively, from the highest priority level, and when the priority level for the provision information for introducing commodity A is "3", and the change condition indicating that an effect of improvement by commodity A is found, is satisfied, the priority level may be changed to "4" in the update condition table.

[0201] As described above, the provision condition may include a plurality of conditions (items) related to the health information. At this time, by the update content included in the update condition table, the item may be added or deleted, or weighting of the item may be changed.

(Modification related to provision condition)



[0202] In the above embodiment, an exemplary case is described in which, in addition to the provision condition (provision condition table) for determining the provision information, the additional provision condition (additional provision condition table) for determining the additional provision information is set. In another embodiment, the provision condition for determining the provision information may be merely set. At this time, the content of the provision condition may be automatically updated. Hereinafter, an exemplary case where the provision condition table is (merely) set and the provision condition is automatically updated, will be described as modification of the above embodiment.

[0203] FIG. 20 illustrates an example of a provision condition table according to the modification of the above embodiment. As shown in FIG. 20, in the present modification, in the provision condition table, the provision condition, the provision content, and a subsequent provision time are associated with each other.

[0204] In the present modification, the provision condition includes a plurality of conditions containing the user condition and the health condition described above. Specifically, in FIG. 20, the provision condition includes the user condition related to the user's age, and three kinds of health conditions related to the health information (sleep index in the description herein). That is, the provision condition includes a condition related to an average in the total sleep hours for the latest one week, a condition related to an average in sleep efficiency for the latest one week, and a condition related to an average in the number of times of awakening during sleep for the latest one week. Depending on the provision content, all of these conditions need not be set. For example, depending on the provision content, as indicated in the provision condition associated with the provision content indicating "introduction of commodity C" shown in FIG. 20, some of the plurality of conditions may not be set. The conditions included in the provision condition are not limited to the above-described conditions. Another use condition and/or another health condition may be included, or another condition (for example, condition related to a history of purchasing of the commodity·service) different from the user condition and the health conditions, may be included. Thus, in another embodiment, the provision condition may include a plurality of user conditions or may merely include one health condition.

[0205] As in the above embodiment, the provision content indicates the content of the provision information that is generated (provided) when the provision condition associated therewith is satisfied.

[0206] The subsequent provision time represents a time when, in a case where the provision information having the provision content associated therewith is provided, the provision information is thereafter provided (again) (to be precise, a time when whether or not the provision information is to be provided is determined). In the present embodiment, similarly to the additional provision time (FIG. 14) described above, the subsequent provision time represents a time that elapses from purchase of the commodity·service. However, in another embodiment, the subsequent provision time may represent a time from a time when the immediately preceding provision information has been provided. When a time when the commodity has been actually used or a time when the service has been actually performed, is obtained by the portal server 341, the subsequent provision time may represent a time from this time.

[0207] In the present modification, instead of the provision condition table (FIG. 9) described in the above embodiment, the provision condition table shown in FIG. 20 is used. Also in the present modification, as in the above embodiment, determination process (steps S14 and S18) related to the provision information is executed. In the determination process, whether or not the provision information to be provided is determined, and the provision information to be provided is determined when the provision information is provided. Also in the present modification, as in the above embodiment, when each condition included in the provision condition is satisfied, the provision information having the provision content associated with the provision condition is provided. For example, the provision condition table shown in FIG. 20 indicates that, when a user is in his/her 40s, an average in the total sleep hours for the latest one week is less than six hours, an average in sleep efficiency for the latest one week is less than 80%, and an average in the number of times of awakening during sleep for the latest one week is greater than or equal to 3, the provision information for introducing commodity A is determined as the information to be provided.

[0208] In another embodiment, in a case where the provision condition includes a plurality of conditions, when a predetermined number of conditions among the plurality of conditions are satisfied, the portal server 41 may determine that the provision condition is satisfied. For example, in the example shown in FIG. 20, when two conditions among three heath conditions are satisfied (and the user condition is satisfied), it may be determined that the provision condition has been satisfied. In another embodiment, each condition included in the provision condition is subjected to weighting (provided with a point) by the portal server 41, and when a point of the condition that has been satisfied among the conditions is greater than or equal to a predetermined point, it may be determined that the provision condition has been satisfied.

[0209] A method for determining whether or not the provision condition is satisfied (each condition included in the provision condition is satisfied) may be any method. That is, as in the above embodiment, the portal server 41 may firstly perform determination as to the user condition and then perform determination as to the health condition associated with the user condition having been satisfied. The portal server 41 may perform determination as to the user condition and determination as to the health condition individually (in parallel).

[0210] Also in the present modification, as in the above embodiment, when the provision condition having been satisfied is present, the provision information having the content associated therewith is transmitted to the terminal system 1 (step S19).

[0211] In the present modification, when the commodity·service introduced by the provision information has been purchased (step S20), the portal server 41 specifies a time when the provision information is thereafter provided, on the basis of the subsequent provision time associated with the provision information. The method for specifying the time may be the same as the method for the process step (step S23) for specifying the additional provision time in the above embodiment. The specified time is stored as the subsequent provision time information. That is, in the present modification, the portal server 41 stores the subsequent provision time information, instead of the "additional provision time information" in the user provision history information (FIG. 12).

[0212] In the present modification, the portal server 41 periodically determines whether or not the subsequent provision time has come, by periodically referring to the user provision history information of each user. When it is determined that the subsequent provision time has come, the portal server 41 determines whether or not the provision information is to be provided and determines the provision information to be provided, by using the provision condition table. That is, when it is determined that the subsequent provision time has come, the portal server 41 executes the determination process (S14 and S18) related to the provision information. That is, in the present modification, in addition to when a user performs log-in, also when the subsequent provision time has come, the determination process related to the provision information is executed. The provision condition table used when the subsequent provision time has come, is the same as the provision condition table used when the user performs log-in, and the additional provision condition table is not used in the present modification.

[0213] When, as a result of execution of the determination process related to the provision information according to the subsequent provision time having come, the provision information to be provided is generated (determined), the portal server 41 transmits a message that the provision information is present, to the terminal system 1, by push notification. The method for the push notification is similar to the method for step S29 in the above embodiment. In another embodiment, the provision information itself may be transmitted to the terminal system 1 by push notification. Thus, in the present modification, when the provision information is provided according to the subsequent provision time having come, notification of the provision information (or the provision information itself) is transmitted to the terminal system 1 by push notification. Thus, a notification that the provision information has been generated, can be provided to a user at an appropriate time.

[0214] As in the present modification, the information processing system may not use the additional provision condition table. Even if the additional provision time is not set, when the subsequent provision time is set, the service server 3 can provide a user with the provision information at a predetermined time after the commodity·service has been purchased.

[0215] Also in the present modification, as in the above embodiment, the provision condition is updated on the basis of (a result of analysis of) the health information of the user. Also in the present modification, as in the above embodiment, the condition update table (FIG. 18) is used for updating. In the present modification, the provision condition includes a plurality of conditions (health conditions). Therefore, the change condition included in the condition update table may represent conditions related to the plurality of conditions. For example, when the provision condition table shown in FIG. 20 is used, the change condition may be as follows.
  1. (a) Among users for whom the total sleep hours or the sleep efficiency have improved after purchase of the commodity, a rate of users for whom the sleep efficiency has been 70% to 80% before purchase of the commodity is less than or equal to 30%, and a rate of users for whom the sleep efficiency has been less than or equal to 70% before purchase of the commodity is greater than or equal to 60%.
  2. (b) Among users for whom the total sleep hours or the sleep efficiency have been reduced after purchase of the commodity, a rate of users for whom the condition of the number of times of awakening during sleep has been satisfied before purchase of the commodity has been greater than or equal to 80%.
  3. (c) Among users for whom the total sleep hours or the sleep efficiency have improved after purchase of the commodity, a rate of users for whom the time period of awakening during sleep has been longer than or equal to one hour before purchase of the commodity is greater than or equal to 80%.


[0216] As in the above (c), the change condition may include a condition related to the health information (information of time period of awakening during sleep in the example of the above (c)) different form the health information included in the provision condition table.

[0217] When the provision condition includes a plurality of conditions (health conditions), the update content in the condition update table may be such that some (or all) of the plurality of conditions are updated. For example, when the provision condition table shown in FIG. 20 is used, the change content may be "the threshold value for the sleep efficiency is decreased by 5". For example, the change content may be associated with the change condition in the above (a).

[0218] The change content may indicate that a new condition is added in the provision condition table. For example, when the provision condition table shown in FIG. 20 is used, the change content may indicate that a condition related to a new health information is added such as "the health condition that ""the time period of awakening during sleep is longer than or equal to one hour"", is added". For example, the change content may be associated with the change condition in the above (c).

[0219] When each condition in the provision condition table is subjected to weighting, the change content may indicate that the weighting is changed. For example, the change content may be "weighting of a condition related to the number of times of awakening during sleep is reduced." For example, the change content may be associated with the change condition in the above (b). As described above, when priority is assigned to the provision information, the change content may indicate that the priority is changed.

[0220] The number-of-pieces-of-data condition, which is included in the update condition, may be a condition which is satisfied repeatedly when the number of pieces of data is increased. The number-of-pieces-of-data condition may be a condition that is satisfied each time a predetermined number of pieces of the effect information (for 100 persons) is obtained, for example, each time "the number of pieces of the effect information is increased by an amount corresponding to 100 persons". In this case, the service server 3 may perform determination as to the change condition on the basis of the increased predetermined number of pieces of data (corresponding to 100 persons).

[0221] As described above, the service server 3 may repeatedly determine whether or not the condition is to be updated, according to the condition (the number-of-pieces-of-data condition) related to the number of analysis results, having been satisfied. Thus, by repeated update, the content of the provision condition (or the additional provision condition) can be repeatedly improved. As a result, an accuracy of the provision condition can be enhanced.

[0222] As described above, in the present modification, at least one of the following processes is performed as a process of updating the provision condition.
  1. (a) Change of priority set for the provision condition
  2. (b) Change of a parameter (for example, the threshold value defined for the health condition) defined in the health condition
  3. (c) Change of a parameter set for the health condition (for example, weighting for the health condition)
  4. (d) Addition and/or deletion of the health condition included in the provision condition


[0223] The provision condition is updated according to the above (a) to (d), whereby an accuracy of the provision condition can be enhanced.

(Modification related to change information)



[0224] The service server 3 (portal server 41) may store change information indicating the health information before and after purchase, for the purchased commodity service. At this time, the change information may be used as a part of the above-described effect information, or may be used for calculating the effect information. Hereinafter, an exemplary case where the change information is used will be described as the modification of the above embodiment.

[0225] FIG. 21 illustrates an example of the change information. In FIG. 21, the change information is information indicating sets in each of which the purchase information, the user information, the health information before purchase, and the health information after purchase are associated with each other. The purchase information represents information indicating the commodity·service purchased by a user. The purchase information is stored additionally each time the commodity·service is purchased. Therefore, as shown in FIG. 21, the change information may include a plurality of kinds of the above sets for a single commodity. The user information represents information related to a user who has purchased the commodity·service. In the present modification, information representing an age and gender of a user is stored as the user information.

[0226] The health information before purchase is the health information, of a user (who has purchased commodity), obtained before purchase of the commodity. In the present modification, for the health information such as the total sleep hours, the sleep efficiency, and the sleep onset latency, information indicating an average value of the health information in one week immediately before purchase is stored as the health information before purchase. The health information stored as the health information before purchase is not limited to the above described information and may be optionally set. For example, for various kinds of the health information stored in the data server 2, the health information before purchase (and the health information after purchase) may be stored.

[0227] The health information after purchase represents the health information, of a user, obtained after purchase of the commodity. The health information after purchase is the same kind of health information as the health information, before purchase, associated therewith. That is, in the example shown in FIG. 21, information related to the health information such as the total sleep hours, the sleep efficiency, and the sleep onset latency is stored as the health information after purchase. In the present embodiment, for the health information, information indicating an average value in one week immediately after the purchase is stored as the health information after purchase.

[0228] The content of the health information before purchase and the content of the health information after purchase may represent information related to the health information of which the kind is different for each commodity indicated by the purchase information. For example, for commodity A and commodity B, information (average value) related to three kinds of the health information such as the total sleep hours, the sleep efficiency, and the sleep onset latency is stored as the health information before purchase and the health information after purchase. Meanwhile, for commodity C, information related to the total sleep hours and the degree of fatigue may be stored as the health information before purchase and the health information after purchase.

[0229] Each of the content of the health information before purchase and the content of the health information after purchase may be different for each commodity indicated by the purchase information. For example, for commodity A and commodity B, an average value in one week immediately before purchase and an average value in one week immediately after purchase are stored as the health information before purchase and the health information after purchase. Meanwhile, for commodity C, an average value in one month immediately before purchase and an average value in one month immediately after purchase may be stored as the health information before purchase and the health information after purchase.

[0230] In another embodiment, the change information may be of any form when the change information indicates change of the health state of a user. For example, the change information may include information indicating change in the health information between before purchase and after purchase, instead of the health information before purchase and the health information after purchase. The change information may include information indicating that, for example, "the total sleep hours have increased by 0.5 hours" or "the sleep efficiency has improved".

[0231] The change information may be stored for each provision information (commodity·service or the like), or may be stored for each user information (age·gender or the like).

[0232] When the commodity has been purchased (S20), the portal server 41 stores the purchase information, the user information, and the health information before purchase among the change information. The health information before purchase is calculated by information used for the calculation being obtained from the data server 2. The portal server 41 may calculate the change information not only when the commodity·service introduced by the provision information has been purchased but also when the commodity-service which is not introduced by the provision information has been purchased via the portal site 41. Thus, the service server 3 can collect an increased amount of data for determining an effect of the commodity·service, whereby the effect can be accurately determined.

[0233] When a predetermined period has elapsed after purchase of the commodity, the portal server 41 obtains and stores the health information after purchase. The predetermined period may be a previously determined period (one week in the example shown in FIG. 21). As described above, the predetermined period may be different for each commodity. The predetermined period may be set as a period for the additional provision time corresponding to the commodity or a period for the subsequent provision time corresponding to the commodity. Thus, the portal server 41 can perform the process of calculating the change information and the determination process related to the additional provision information (or the provision information) at the same timing, whereby the process can be efficiently performed. For example, in the above two processes, the process of obtaining the information from the data server 2 and the process of calculating a statistic based on the obtained information can be performed in common, whereby the process can be efficiently performed.

[0234] Similarly to the calculation of the health information before purchase, the portal server 41 obtains the information used for calculation from the data server 2, and calculates the health information after purchase by using the obtained information. When information indicating a change in the health information between before purchase and after purchase is calculated, the portal server 41 calculates the information indicating the change on the basis of the health information before purchase and the health information after purchase.

[0235] The change information having been calculated as described above may be, for example, used as (a part of) the effect information described above, or may be used for calculating the effect information. When the provision information is generated by using a result of the analysis of the health information related to another user (details thereof will be described below), the change information may be used as (a part of) the result of the analysis, or may be used for calculating the result of the analysis.

[0236] As described above, the server system stores the change information in which the provision information provided to a user is associated with change, in the health information of the user, obtained before and after a predetermined reference time based on the provision information having been provided to the user. The server system updates the provision condition (or the additional provision condition) on the basis of the change information (by using the change information as the result of the analysis or on the basis of the result of the analysis obtained by using the change information). Thus, the change information is stored, whereby the result of the analysis related to the health information, is easily calculated and updating can be facilitated.

(Modification related to generation of provision information)



[0237] In another embodiment, the server system may generate the provision information on the basis of the result of the analysis related to one or more other users different from a user to whom the provision information is provided. For example, the server system may select, for example, the following user as the other users.
  • Another user who has purchased the same commodity as the user to which the provision information is provided.
  • Another user who has the user information (such as age, generation, and/or gender) similar to the user information of a user to whom the provision information is provided.
  • Another user who has the health information close to the health information of a user to whom the provision information is provided.
As described above, the server system may select another user on the basis of the information related to a user to whom the provision information is provided, and determine the content of the provision information on the basis of the result of the analysis related to the health information of the selected user. Thus, the useful provision information is likely to be provided to a user.

(Modification related to content of provision information)



[0238] In the above embodiment, the provision information is information (recommendation information) for introducing the commodity·service. In the above embodiment and modification, the provision information may be any information for improving an index related to user's health and/or body. For example, the provision information may be advice information indicating advice for improving the index. The advice information may be, for example, (a) advice for recommending an exercise to a user for whom the health information indicating that sleep is light during sleeping has been calculated, (b) advice for recommending reconsideration of nutritional balance in meals to a user for whom the health information indicating that fatigue has been accumulated has been calculated, and (c) advice for recommending improvement of lifestyle to a user for whom the health information indicating that the sleep hours or a bedtime are irregular has been calculated. As in the above embodiment, when the provision information (advice information or the like) is repeatedly provided, the provision information is further provided on the basis of the health information, of the user, obtained after a certain piece of provision information has been provided. Thus, since the provision information such as the advice information is repeatedly (continuously) provided to a user, the user is effectively promoted to improve his/her health.

[0239] When the provision information is the advice information, the service server 3 compares the health information obtained before providing of the advice information to a user with the health information obtained after providing of the advice information to the user, and may provide additional advice information as the above-described additional provision information on the basis of the result of the comparison. That is, the service server 3 may provide the advice information such that the advice information is different between when the user's health is determined to have improved and when the user's health is determined to have not improved, as a result of the comparison.

[0240] The service server 3 may update the provision condition of the advice information. That is, the service server 3 compares the health information obtained before providing of the advice information to the user with the health information obtained after providing of the advice information to the user. When the service server 3 determines, as a result of the comparison, that the user's health has improved after providing of the advice information as compared to before providing thereof, the service server 3 may update the provision condition of the advice information such that the advice information is likely to be provided. Also when the provision information is the advice information, the update condition may be automatically updated by using, for example, the condition update table as in modification described in "(Modification in which provision condition is automatically updated)". For example, the service server 3 may set a condition related to change in the health information of the user between before providing of the advice information and after providing of the advice information, as update condition in the condition update table.

[0241] The provision information may be data (for example, data of music for inducing sleep onset or wake-up of a user as described above) of the commodity·service itself for improving the index. That is, the provision information may be information for introducing the information (information for introducing the commodity·service, or the advice information) to a user, may be advice itself to be provided to the user, or may be data itself of the commodity·service. The provision information may be information (information for introducing the commodity·service or information including data of the commodity·service (itself)) related to the commodity·service, or may be the advice information (which is not related to the commodity·service).

[0242] In the above embodiment and modification, the provision information is for introducing the commodity·service, and the information processing system thus uses, as the reference time, a time at which the commodity·service is purchased (or a time at which the commodity·service is used), to perform various processes. For example, in the above embodiment, a period is designated such that a time of purchase is used as the reference time for the use information (FIG. 9) described above, or a time of the purchase is used as the reference time for the additional provision time (FIG. 14) or the subsequent provision time. In the above modification, a time of the purchase is used as the reference time for the change information (FIG. 21) (the change information represents change in the health information between before the reference time and after the reference time). Meanwhile, when the provision information itself, such as the advice information or data of the commodity·service, is used, a time when the provision information is provided may be used as a reference.

(Modification related to content of health information)



[0243] In the above embodiment, the health information is information that indicates an index related to user's sleep and/or fatigue. Therefore, in the present embodiment, the provision information according to user's sleep and/or fatigue can be provided. In another embodiment, the health information may be information indicating, in addition to (or instead of) an index related to sleep and/or fatigue, an index related to fatness (for example, a body weight, a body fat rate, or a basal metabolic rate), or an index related to skin condition (for example, index indicating a moisture content of skin or a state of a spot).

(Modification related to configuration of service server)



[0244] In the above embodiment, the service server 3 includes the portal server 41 and the service providing server 42, and the shopping site through which the commodity·service is purchased, is managed by the portal server 41. The service server 3 may have any configuration, and the functions (roles) of the portal server 41 and the service providing server 42 are not limited to the above embodiment. For example, in another embodiment, one or more service providing servers manage the shopping sites, respectively, and the provision information can be provided and the health information can be viewed on the portal site managed by the portal server. At this time, the provision information included in a page of the portal site may include link information for access to the shopping sites. When the commodity-service has been purchased on the shopping site, a notification of the purchase may be transmitted from the service providing server 42 to the portal server 41 in order to manage the purchasing (purchase history) by the portal server 41. In another embodiment, the function of the portal server 41 and the function of the service providing server 42 may be provided by one server.

(Modification related to commodity·service)



[0245] In another embodiment, the commodity·service provided by the service server 3 may be an application to be provided to the terminal system 1. At this time, the application may use the information (health information or the like) stored in the data server 2. The application described above, may be, for example, an application for performing a watching service in which the biological information obtained by the terminal system 1 is used to confirm that a user is alive and make a notification thereof to another user.

[0246] In another embodiment, by the server, a game may be provided. The server that provides the game may be the same server as the service server 3 or may be a dedicated server (game server). For example, a game application may be provided to a user on the portal site managed by the portal server 41. The game application may be such an application as to operate on a browser for viewing of the portal site, or may be such an application as to be downloaded and installed from the server to the terminal system 1.

[0247] The game application may be obtained by the terminal system 1 in any method as well as the game application is provided from the server to the terminal system 1. For example, a storage medium having the game application stored therein is connected (or mounted) to the main terminal device 10, whereby the game application may be executed by the main terminal device 10.

[0248] The game application may be executed by the main terminal device 10 or may be executed by another user terminal (a mobile terminal, a personal computer, a game device, or the like) of a user.

[0249] As described above, when the game application is executed by a user terminal (the main terminal device 10 and/or the other user terminal described above), a result of evaluation of the health information of the user may be reflected in the game. Specifically, the service server 3 evaluates the health information, of the user, stored in the data server 2. That is, the service server 3 determines whether or not the health information satisfies a predetermined condition. The predetermined condition is, for example, a condition that a state where the degree of fatigue indicated by the health information is higher than or equal to a reference value and has a good value, has continued for a predetermined period, or a condition that the degree of fatigue has improved by a predetermine reference value or more. When the condition is satisfied, the service server 3 gives a privilege in the game to the user. For example, the service server 3 may provide the user with a content such as an item used in the game, or advance a story in the game. By giving such a privilege, the user can have a motivation for continuing calculation of the health information.

[0250] In the above configuration, the information processing system that includes the terminal system and the server system executes the game process based on the game application. The information processing system refers to the health information stored in the portal server 2 when executing the game process. A predetermined process during the game process is executed on the basis of the health information having been referred to (according to a result of the referring). The predetermined process is, for example, a process for providing the above-described item, or a process for advancing a story in the game. Specifically, the information processing system performs a process of adding or updating the game data used in the game application. That is, for example, the game data of an item to be provided is added or a flag in the game is updated so as to allow a new story to be played.

[0251] The game process may be executed by the information processing device (for example, the game server or the service server) on the server side. Alternatively, the game process may be executed by the information processing device (for example, the main terminal device 10 or the other user terminal described above) on the terminal side. The game process may be executed by the information processing device on the server side and the information processing device on the terminal side cooperating with each other. That is, one part of the game process may be executed on the server side, and the other part of the game process may be executed on the terminal side. For example, when the game application operates on a browser for viewing of the portal site, the game process is executed on the server side, or executed by cooperation on both the server side and the terminal side. When the game application is installed in the information processing device on the terminal side, or when the game application stored in a storage medium connected to the information processing device is executed, the game process is executed on the terminal side or executed by cooperation on both the server side and the terminal side.

[0252] Adding or updating of the game data may be executed on the server side or may be executed on the terminal side. That is, the information processing device on the server side performs adding or updating of the game data stored in the storage section on the server side or the terminal side, whereby the process of adding or updating the game data may be executed . Alternatively, the information processing device on the terminal side performs adding or updating of the game data stored in the storage section on the terminal side, whereby the process of adding or updating the game data may be executed.

[0253] As described above, in the game application, when the health information is used (referred to), the health information related to a user of the game application is referred to. For example, when the game application is used in a state where the user logs in the portal site, the server can specify the user by the user identification information that is inputted at the log-in. That is, the server stores the user identification information that is inputted at the log-in, and when the health information is referred to in the game process, the health information of the user specified by the stored user identification information is referred to.

[0254] When the game application is used in a state where a user does not log in the portal site (or when the game application is used with the use of a terminal different from a terminal that performs log-in), the server identifies the user who uses the game application before or during the game process. Specifically, the user terminal that uses the game application receives the user identification information inputted from the user before or during the game process, and transmits the inputted user identification information to the server. The server specifies the health information to be referred to, by using the user identification information received from the user terminal. When adding or updating of the game data is executed on the server side, the server executes a predetermined process (addition or change of the game data) in the game process, by referring to the specified health information, on the basis of the health information having been referred to. Meanwhile, when adding or updating of the game data is executed on the terminal side, the server transmits the specified health information to the user terminal. The user terminal executes the predetermined process in the game process, by referring to the received health information (that is, referring to the health information stored on the server side), on the basis of the health information having been referred to.

[0255] In the above configuration, the user identification information may double as a user's account at the portal site and an account in a service for providing the game application. In this case, the user's account is made common among a plurality of network services (including the service for providing the provision information, and the service for providing the game application), whereby the user can use the plurality of network services in different user terminals (which may be terminals having different platforms) in common, thereby improving usability.

(Modification related to sharing of process among devices)



[0256] A manner in which the processes are shared between the terminal side and the server side, the processes are shared between the server devices, and the processes are shared among the devices in the terminal system as described above, is an exemplary manner, and each process in the information processing system may be shared in any manner.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY



[0257] As described above, the present invention can be used for an information processing system, an information processing server, and the like in order to, for example, provide useful information.

DESCRIPTION OF THE REFERENCE CHARACTERS



[0258] 
1
terminal system
2
data server
3
service server
10
main terminal device
11
Doppler sensor
12
camera
13
microphone
14
operation input section
15
processing section
16
display
17
illumination section
18
short-range wireless communication section
19
mobile communication section
20
sub-terminal device
21
load sensor
22
touch panel
23
processing section
24
short-range wireless communication section
31
waveform analysis section
32
sleep calculation section
33
autonomic nerve calculation section
34
fatigue calculation section
41
portal server
42
service providing server

Further embodiments:



[0259] 
  1. 1. An information processing system comprising:

    a plurality of terminal systems; and

    a server system, wherein

    each terminal system includes:

    obtaining means for obtaining biological information of a user; and

    information transmission means for transmitting, to the server system, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and health information that is related to a health or a body of the user and is obtained from the biological information,

    the server system includes:

    transmission information storage means for storing, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user;

    condition storage means for storing a condition related to generation of provision information to be provided to the user in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information;

    providing means for generating the provision information based on the storage information and the condition, and transmitting the provision information to a terminal of the user;

    analyzing means for performing analysis of the transmission information which is related to a plurality of users who have been provided with the provision information, and which is obtained after the provision information has been provided; and

    updating means for updating the condition based on a result of the analysis performed by the analyzing means.

  2. 2. The information processing system according to embodiment 1, wherein the condition includes at least one health condition related to the health information.
  3. 3. The information processing system according to embodiment 2, wherein the updating means updates the health condition based on the result of the analysis.
  4. 4. The information processing system according to embodiment 2 or 3, wherein the updating means performs at least one of (a) change of a priority set for the condition, (b) change of a parameter defined in the health condition, (c) change of a parameter set to the health condition, and (d) addition and/or deletion of the health condition.
  5. 5. The information processing system according to any one of embodiments 1 to 4, wherein
    the server system stores change information in which the provision information provided to the user is associated with change in the health information of the user between before and after a predetermined reference time based on the provision information having been provided to the user, and
    the updating means updates the condition based on the change information.
  6. 6. The information processing system according to any one of embodiments 1 to 5, wherein
    the transmission information storage means repeatedly receives the transmission information from each of the terminal systems of the plurality of users, and stores and
    accumulates the transmission information,
    the updating means continuously updates the condition based on the stored and accumulated storage information, and
    the providing means generates the provision information based on the condition updated by the updating means.
  7. 7. The information processing system according to embodiment 6, wherein the updating means determines whether or not the condition is to be updated, according to calculation of a predetermined number of the results of the analysis having been enabled.
  8. 8. The information processing system according to any one of embodiments 1 to 7, wherein the transmission information includes information which indicates an index related to sleep and/or fatigue of a user, and which is obtained from the biological information.
  9. 9. The information processing system according to any one of embodiments 1 to 7, wherein
    the server system further includes index calculation means for calculating an index related to sleep and/or fatigue of a user, as an index indicating a state of the user, based on the transmission information, and
    the transmission information storage means stores the index related to sleep and/or fatigue such that the index is associated with the user.
  10. 10. The information processing system according to any one of embodiments 1 to 9, wherein
    the terminal system includes a non-worn type sensor capable of sensing the biological information in a state where a user does not wear the sensor, and
    the obtaining means obtains the biological information from the non-worn type sensor.
  11. 11. An information processing server capable of communicating with a plurality of terminal systems,
    the plurality of terminal systems each obtaining biological information of a user, the plurality of terminal systems each transmitting, to the information processing server, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and health information that is related to a health or a body of the user and is obtained from the biological information,
    the information processing server comprising:

    transmission information storage means for storing, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user;

    condition storage means for storing a condition related to generation of provision information to be provided to the user in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information;

    providing means for generating the provision information based on the storage information and the condition, and transmitting the provision information to a terminal of the user;

    analyzing means for performing analysis of the transmission information which is related to a plurality of users who have been provided with the provision information, and which is obtained after the provision information has been provided; and

    updating means for updating the condition based on a result of the analysis performed by the analyzing means.

  12. 12. An information processing program executed by a computer of an information processing server capable of communicating with a plurality of terminal systems,
    the plurality of terminal systems each obtaining biological information of a user, the plurality of terminal systems each transmitting, to the information processing server, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and health information that is related to a health or a body of the user and is obtained from the biological information,
    the information processing program causing the computer to function as:

    transmission information storage control means for storing, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, in a storage section of the information processing server, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user;

    provision information storage control means for storing, in the storage section, a condition related to generation of provision information to be provided to the user in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information;

    providing means for generating the provision information based on the storage information and the condition, and transmitting the provision information to a terminal of the user;

    analyzing means for performing analysis of the transmission information which is related to a plurality of users who have been provided with the provision information, and which is obtained after the provision information has been provided; and

    updating means for updating the condition based on a result of the analysis performed by the analyzing means.

  13. 13. An information providing method executed by an information processing system that includes a plurality of terminal systems and a server system, wherein
    each of the plurality of terminal systems

    obtains biological information of a user, and

    transmits, to the server system, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and health information that is related to a health or a body of the user and is obtained from the biological information, and

    the server system

    stores, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user,

    stores a condition related to generation of provision information to be provided to the user in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information,

    generates the provision information based on the storage information and the condition, and transmits the provision information to a terminal of the user,

    performs analysis of the transmission information which is related to a plurality of users who have been provided with the provision information, and which is obtained after the provision information has been provided, and

    updates the condition based on an analysis result of the performed analysis.




Claims

1. An information processing system comprising:

a plurality of terminal systems; and

a server system, wherein

each terminal system includes:

obtaining means for obtaining biological information of a user; and

information transmission means for transmitting, to the server system, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and health information that is related to a health or a body of the user and is obtained from the biological information,

the server system includes:

transmission information storage means for storing, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user;

first providing means for generating, based on a result of an analysis of the storage information, provision information to be provided to the user in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information, and transmitting the provision information to the terminal systems; and

second providing means for generating additional provision information based on a result of an analysis of the transmission information obtained by the terminal systems after the provision information has been provided to the user, and transmitting the additional provision information to the terminal systems.


 
2. The information processing system according to claim 1, wherein:

the first providing means generates the provision information that includes information related to a commodity or a service for improving an index indicated by the health information of the user; and

the second providing means generates, according to an effect of improving a state of a user by the commodity or the service, the additional provision information based on the transmission information obtained by each terminal system after purchasing of the commodity or the service included in the provision information.


 
3. The information processing system according to claim 2, wherein, when the commodity or the service has been purchased, the second providing means determines, on the basis of the provision information for introducing the purchased commodity or the purchased service, a time when the additional provision information is provided.
 
4. The information processing system according to claim any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the second providing means generates additional provision information different from the provision information having been provided and transmits the additional provision information to the terminal system of the user.
 
5. The information processing system according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein
the server system includes condition storage means for storing a condition related to generation of provision information to be provided to the user in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information,
the first providing means generates the provision information based on the storage information and the condition, and transmits the provision information to the terminal system of the user, and
the server system includes:

analyzing means for performing analysis of the transmission information which is related to a plurality of users who have been provided with the provision information, and which is obtained after the provision information has been provided; and

updating means for updating the condition based on a result of the analysis performed by the analyzing means.


 
6. The information processing system according to claim 5, wherein
the transmission information storage means repeatedly receives the transmission information from each of the terminal systems of the plurality of users, and stores and accumulates the transmission information,
the updating means continuously updates the condition based on the stored and accumulated storage information, and
the first providing means generates the additional provision information based on the condition updated by the updating means.
 
7. The information processing system according to claim 6, wherein the updating means determines whether or not the condition is to be updated, according to calculation of a predetermined number of the results of the analysis having been enabled.
 
8. The information processing system according to any one of claims 1 to 7, wherein the transmission information includes information which indicates an index related to sleep and/or fatigue of a user, and which is obtained from the biological information.
 
9. The information processing system according to any one of claims 1 to 8, wherein
the terminal system includes a non-worn type sensor capable of sensing the biological information in a state where a user does not wear the sensor, and
the obtaining means obtains the biological information from the non-worn type sensor.
 
10. The information processing system according to any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein
the server system includes:

a data server which has the transmission information storage means; and

a service server which has the first providing means,

when the provision information is generated, the service server makes a request, to the data server, for information used for generating the provision information,
the data server transmits the storage information stored in the transmission information storage means and/or information obtained from the storage information, to the service server, in response to the request from the service server.
 
11. The information processing system according to claim 10, wherein
the service server transmits, to the data server, the request that includes: requested information indicating information used for generating the provision information; and identification information related to use of information stored in the data server, and
the data server determines whether or not the information indicated by the requested information which is included in the request is allowed to be used for generating the provision information, based on the identification information included in the request from the service server, and transmits, when it is determined that the information is allowed to be used, the information indicated by the requested information, to the service server.
 
12. The server system included in the information processing system according to any one of claims 1 to 11.
 
13. An information processing program for causing a computer to execute a process of an information processing server capable of communicating with a plurality of terminal systems, wherein
each terminal system includes:

obtaining means for obtaining biological information of a user; and

information transmission means for transmitting, to the server system, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and health information that is related to a health or a body of the user and is obtained from the biological information,

the information processing program causes the computer to execute:

a step for storing, as storage information in the information processing server, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user;

a step for generating, based on a result of an analysis of the storage information, provision information to be provided to the user in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information, and transmitting the provision information to the terminal systems; and

a step for generating additional provision information based on a result of an analysis of the transmission information obtained by the terminal systems after the provision information has been provided to the user, and transmitting the additional provision information to the terminal systems.


 
14. An information providing method executed by an information processing system that includes a plurality of terminal systems and a server system, wherein
each of the plurality of terminal systems

obtains biological information of a user; and

transmits, to the server system, transmission information that includes at least one of: the biological information; and health information that is related to a health or a body of the user and is obtained from the biological information,

the server system

stores, as storage information, the transmission information received from each of the terminal systems and/or information obtained from the transmission information, such that the transmission information and/or the information obtained from the transmission information are associated with the user;

generates, based on a result of an analysis of the storage information, provision information to be provided to the user in order to improve an index obtained from the storage information or an index included in the storage information, and transmitting the provision information to the terminal systems; and

generates additional provision information based on a result of an analysis of the transmission information obtained by the terminal systems after the provision information has been provided to the user, and transmitting the additional provision information to the terminal systems.


 




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