If it’s true that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, what does that mean for our health? Is reaching for that double cheeseburger instead of a salad really that bad? How much did going for that run really improve your health? Imagine if we were able to immediately translate the impact of good or bad decisions onto our health and overall life expectancy, surely we would be more inclined to make better decisions overall.
IGNITE is a personal health tracking system that does just that, by actively monitoring a user’s life expectancy using a smartphone’s sensors. The app offers an easy to understand and elegant user interface centered around the concept of the ‘life number’, which simplifies the complex mathematics of life expectancy into a single number that is directly impacted by a user’s decisions. The mobile app is also coupled with a hardware device called the IGNITE Pad, which docks with a smartphone to measure a user’s weight and exercise level. The intent is to make health and wellness a tangible experience for the user.
The app is designed around the idea that everything people do affects their life expectancy, whether it be eating well, smoking cigarettes, or exercising. By tracking these components, along with lifestyle updates such as behavior and goals, the software is able to calculate the users’ life expectancy on the fly based on the measurements it takes. The software also leverages existing life insurance industry calculations for life expectancy and augments this information into a proactive improvement plan for the user. As as the user adds additional personal information over time, the app begins to suggest specific recommended behaviors for a healthier life
The result gives people a new way to evaluate and gain control of their lifestyle, by offering an intuitive system for users to measure their life expectancy in real time, based upon their day-to-day decisions. Features such as interactive goals, a reward points system, a leaderboard, and social notifications also motivate the user to change their behavior by boosting personal accountability and helping them get encouragement as they pursue their goals.
One third of adults in America are obese, and health solutions such as IGNITE are working to solve this problem. The simplified user interface and ‘life number’ concept improve understanding and create an impactful experience for the user. Additionally, the app and IGNITE pad working inn tandem create a seamless user experience across both physical and digital environments. Overall, by understanding the impact of our day-to-day decisions on health, we are more likely to understand how to make positive improvements toward a healthier life.
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