The Youngest Twitterer and the Future of Health Management

BoingBoing featured kickbee, probably the youngest Twitter user. His father, Corey Menscher,

has designed a kick sensor which monitors his pregnant wife’s belly, and generates a fetal tweet whenever the baby kicks.

Technical details and images here.

young-twitterer

Incredible idea! What might be the next step? I’m just wondering…

  • A diabetic patient monitors his/her blood sugar and whenever there is a serious difference from normal values, the doctor receives a twit about it.
  • An old patient with high blood pressure measures his/her blood pressure several times a day with an automatic device. When the value is too high, the doctor receives a twit about it.
  • Pregnant women who are at risk for some reasons, can wear such sensors, and anytime the heart beat of the fetus decreases, the doctor receives a twit about it.

What kind of examples do you have in mind? Let your creativity fly!

Alexandra Carmichael tracks herself – 40 things about her body, mind, and activity – every day as a part of the quantified self project. She is one example. Based on her experiences, patients could track themselves as well.

quantified-self

Do you want better health management? Let’s be open to such useful tools as Twitter.