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This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

Dieters need to monitor their weight. Unfortunately salt intake and time of day can make the readings fluctuate by several pounds making it hard to see true progress. The intent of this project is to invent a scale that compensates to give a less volatile reading. You can start with an accurate scale that measures body fat such as the Tanita TBF-551 Body Fat monitor/scale. What it really measures is electrical resistance, which is correlated more with recent salt intake and water bloat than body fat.

You job then is to :

You do a prototype that draws graphs on a laptop and displays readings. You enter the readings from the Tanita scale. You then show this to various scale companies and get them to create a scale with that logic built-in.

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