The future for home health care could come in the form of Cue, an iOS app that can measure various health indicators through a person’s spit, blood and even boogers. The small three-inch cube analyzer brings the power of massive and expensive medical laboratory equipment into the home and allows people to test their levels of inflammation, testosterone, vitamin D and fertility with little quantities of blood, spit or a nasal swab (boogers).
Cue can also tell if a person has come down with influenza, the medical term for the common flu. In addition it can then map out other people who have tested positive with influenza who are using the device to show the rate and area at which the virus is spreading. This is, of course, dependent upon the device getting widespread exposure and becoming a common household appliance.
There are almost no buttons on the device and the only display is a series of LED lights. One of the color-coded cartridges is inserted, a swab is added, and results are sent to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 in a matter of seconds. Therefore it is very difficult for a user to do anything to result in an error. Everything is displayed in beautiful, simple to read charts and data that can sink with the user’s calendar to find the best available time to work on their health objectives. Another feature is that Cue can be charged wirelessly when placed on its illuminated charging stand.
The team at Cue created the iOS app to measure a person’s health with easily available content like boogers, spit and blood to ultimately let people know vital information about their bodies at any time or place they want. “Cue was created as a tool for people who are interested in connecting with their health in a much more direct, intuitive, and powerful way than ever before,” says Cue founder Ayub Khattak.
Cue says that people across the globe have already replied positively to the idea of tracking oneself in areas of health such as step counting and food logging, This shows how people are intrinsically interested in becoming healthier. They hope their products will deliver an iOS device to satisfy people’s inner want to be healthy and happy, but in a scale never previously feasible outside of a doctor’s lab.
The colors used are blue for testosterone, magenta for fertility, red for inflammation, yellow for vitamin D and green for influenza. The app gives recommendations based on the users levels of the five health indicators listed above. If you are testing low for testosterone Cue may tell you to schedule a workout or eat certain food to optimize your diet both inside and outside the gym. If the user is interested in testing their fertility the app can tell when a females Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is peaking. LH is a proven indicator of when a woman is most fertile and therefore most likely to conceive a baby. The user can therefore schedule a “time to try.”
The inflammation box for Cue looks specifically at optimizing the users workouts, recovery and heart health. For Vitamin D Cue can sync with the user’s calendar and checks the weather, then recommends the optimal time of day to get outside and get some sun. Finally for influenza the app will recommend that the user go to their physician if the virus is detected to begin the treatment needed sooner than ever before. Cue can help users visualize the spread of flu in their community with a FluMap and keep their families informed with alerts while tracking their health data in real-time.
It is worth mentioning, however, that Cue has yet to be FDA approved. It remains to be seen whether the device’s tests are legitimate. The first people who buy it in the current pre-order period will be invited to take part in a study to deliver feedback and data as an essential part of Cue’s path to FDA authorization. The first 1,000 people have already purchased the device , but one can still save some extra money by pre-ordering the device for around $199 with a bonus set of cartridges, which is less than the predicted retail price of $299 when the device is released in Spring of 2015.
This type of iOS app could be the future in measuring a person’s health at home with the swipe of some easy to get to spit, blood or boogers. The device is small enough to take anywhere so whether a person is just around the house or going on vacation they can keep in touch with their bodies and know how best to stay in good health.
By B. Taylor Rash