All the important machines in our lives have some form of dashboard or display. So why doesn’t the most important one – the human being, you?
Let me simplify for a moment. I scoot around the streets on a Vespa. It’s not the most sophisticated machine on the block, but it has a dashboard. My dashboard tells me at a glance vital information I need to know about how it is operating. My Vespa tells me if I’m going too fast, how far I travelled, how much fuel I have, whether my indicator or high beams are on and what time it is. Even a warning light goes on if I am running low on oil or petrol. Over time some clever presumably stylish and well dressed Italian engineers figured out the most critical information I need in order to scoot around safely and sustainably.
On the other hand, my wife’s car is far more complicated and has a fully electronic dash that provides what my Vespa does plus hundreds more pieces of information. These have been cleverly prioritised, so that the only information pushed in front of her is timely and essential. For example, she’s not presented with information about whether her tyres are inflated, but if one is not at optimum pressure then the display will alert her to which tyre needs inflation up and how much. Hundreds and thousands of data points are collected and processed by a modern car and presented to the driver in the right way at the right time with the right advice. A modern aircraft acts the same, but on a far greater scale. The collection, storage, interpretation and display of information is in line with its complexity. See where I am going with this?
Meanwhile the most complex, delicate and vulnerable piece of equipment on the planet, you, operates without any guidance system at all. You're flying blind. You have your five senses, but they have their limitations and are often clouded. Sure you feel pain, see or smell danger as well as hear and touch to guide you, but often this is all too late and open to interpretation, it’s subjective. Even if health issues are caught in time, then the process of diagnosing, treating and measuring the problem, its seriousness and its rectification can be imprecise. It is a very reactive way to live a life.
Indulge me for a second… Imagine if you had your own personalised dashboard that guides you from day to day and helps you operate at your absolute optimum. It’s not as crazy as it seems and that is exactly what HeadUp is on a quest to create.
We’re now working on a pilot program to better understand people’s health and lifestyle behaviours. Stay tuned, we’ll have more to share in the coming month.
Progress in medicine and technology is moving at a fantastic rate. Recent advances in sensors, processing, WiFi, AI, data analysis, wearable technology, behavioural economics and the IoT have moved us to a point where anyone with a smart phone is in a position that people only a decade ago, couldn't have dreamed of. We are now able to capture, store, organise and interpret enormous amounts of critical personal health and wellbeing data for the first time in history, but no one seems to be doing it. If they are, then it’s disjointed and lacking context. So that’s where HeadUp comes in. We're going to harness these things to help you live your best life.