How Sophisticated Will Biosensors Become?

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So there's kind of what you can monitor like the basic vitals and things like that. To first sort of the really interesting things that we're going to start learning, are what do you find out when you take those same basic sensors and just study the data when it's worn for a longer period of time? There going to be a huge amount insight that comes out of something so simple as, what if you're keeping track of your heart rate for a 24/7, even for just a week.

That almost never happens in a sort of routines setting except for the very few sort of people who are either very sick or sort of very inter quantified self or other sort of tracking so that is the first step, it's going to be really profound because what you'll start to learn is that just taking your heart rate can actually open up a huge amount of new data to analyse, so heart rate variablility is a great example it's that same data, analysed in a slightly different way and it has been shown to actually tell you things about stress, so the variability in your heart rate can actually give you enormous insight into how stressed you are that's a sort of simple example of just taking the basic vitals that we're accustomed to and looking at them in a different way.

So you can take it one step further and you can think about when you combine a couple of interesting things about your body, that are again sort of fairly normal and uninteresting on their own, but when you sort of add this element of time and you add this element of combination, you can start to learn really interesting things.

So here's an example that we're thinking about a lot. What if you take sort of the conventional activity measure, pedometer, and you consider that with heart rate as a second sort of parameter. Now you can actually tell not only when you're moving or how much you're moving, which is something that is starting to become a fairly common metric for people, but what is your level of exertion when you're taking those actions? Are you actually getting your heart rate up? Is your exercise any use? Are you able to actually burn fat or get yourself into a cardio state? Those are things that sound relatively simple and they are actually relatively near term.

It's just a question of combining those two pieces of simple information and getting some new insights out of it so where things, I think go beyond that, I think there's really no limit, but a couple of examples, what if you can start measuring things like your environment, on your body it's one thing to look inside your body, those things you've been talking about, your activity, your heart rate, and other vitals.

What if you can look at things that are going on around you, that are very close to you. How much UV are you getting, is it a problem that you're in the sun all day and that you're getting a huge amount of UVA? Maybe you're not burning but accelerating the aging of you skin. What about other environmental factors like how polluted is the air that you're breathing? You generally don't know that, and part of the reason you don't know is because if you aren't aware, sort of like an environmental sensor, you fairly bulky thing, and fairly inconvenient.

So again if you drop that inconvenience you can actually start to access new things about your environment, new data about your environment that can be really telling.