Missing my FitBit on today’s trip. FitBit #3 leapt from its customary jeans loop spot (right side, first loop) about 3 weeks ago at family ice cream time. Sadly, #3 followed in the paths of #1, who over-indulged in watery dip, and #2 that preferred to stay in Prague. The first few days after the #3 FitBit AWOL incident, I relished my newfound freedom from my “digi-sessory”, that wearable that tracked my movements, and with which I willingly shared every morsel I ate, wink of sleep I got, and extra activities beyond tracked steps (barbell, yoga, circuit).
But now I’m in full blown miss mode, a state which my new iPhone 6 is making even more acute. It’s taunting me with the new Health capabilities — what could I learn if only I could pair my digital health information across my devices? I’m one of the roughly 69% of Americans who would like direct access to my health records. This means that these records must be updated to show an accurate view. So, sharing my health & fitness data consensually seems reasonable … even favorable. Nirvana if I could do that completely unobtrusively, my private window into my own biology. Managing my own physiological evolution through a fully quantified self — in a cycle of listening, knowing and choosing based on knowledge of what is actually happening within my own body.
The ultimate in unobtrusive? Subcutaneous! Getting under someone’s skin … literally.
… an asthma sufferer walks into a building lobby & the sensor in her wrist reads the air quality, immediately sending her a message on her smart device of elevated levels of her asthmatic triggers. She gets this message before her body suffers a reaction, and leaves the area, avoiding an unforeseen attack,
… high blood pressure, glaucoma & high cholesterol patients, typically some of the highest non-compliant with their prescriptions, receive a mild vibration from an ear chip when its medication time. This vibration becomes more insistent and longer in duration until the medication is taken,
… a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy has vital sign information continuously transmitted to the doctor’s smart device from an ankle insert, with the doctor responding to any changes in condition in real time.
In a healthy digital future, we could move beyond trivializing scientific health wearables as “digi-sessories”, and treat them as serious & vital devices that drive humans to knowledge & action. We can skip the “fashion do or don’t” debate, and get to substantive outcomes faster.
Yet, today, I’d be happy if I just knew how many steps I took from the plane to the taxi.
(thank you @_Cooper #inspiration)