Monday, September 15, 2014

Apple Watch and Survival of the Fittest

The expression used by Mr. Herbert Spencer 0f the Survival of the Fittest is more accurate.

Charles Darwin, The Origin of the Species

Apple has done it again.

It has come up with a product that fits the Apple image of innovation to a T.

It has designed something that the public didn’t know it could do without and will not do without in the near future.

It is the Apple Watch, the latest in watch and wear gear.

It is beautifully designed.

It fits the fashion world. It is a fashion plate.

It is highly visible. Wear it on your wrist for all to see, and they will notice.

It fits the fitness mood of the times. if you are young or old, stay fit, you will live longer and feel better if you are fit.

It fits the movement towards wellness.There are already 20 million, soon to be 30 million people out there, running, walking, bending, stretching and moving about in quest of personal health and fitness.

Just look at your watch, and you will know where you fit into the movement.

It fits into the work of other major IT companies and health care companies – among others, Samsung, Google, Microsoft. Mayo, Kaiser.

It is fit to be tied into and can be integrated into other health and fitness apps that measure blood pressure, cholesterol, other lipids, weight , height, response to exercise, and all that other data on electronic health records.

It fits all generations – young and old – who believe they can grow younger with exercise despite age or chronic disease.

It fits all understandings, things anybody can understand. Monitoring the heart makes sense. It makes sense to keep track of your heart rate and rhythm, seeing how many steps you take each day, being reminded to stand and get off your chair, being encouraged to take brisk walks, and above all, to integrating all that information with data currently available on most electronic health records.

The Apple Watch is more than a passing fantasy to me. Thirty years ago, I helped develop the software for the HQ, the Health Quotient, a measure of health and wellness, with a normal range of 80 to 120. If your HQ fell below 80, you could always take steps to improve your HQ. If your HQ was above 120, you were doing something right. In both cases, you knew where you stacked up against your peers.

The Apple Watch is ideally suited to display similar useful information, even if one has to recharge the batteries every night. It's your life you're recharging.

So hats off to the Apple innovators.

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits.

The rebels. The trouble makers.

The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules and

They have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them.

But the only thing you can’t do

Is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They push the human race forward.

And while some may see them as

The crazy ones, we see genius

Because the people who are

Crazy enough to think

They can change the world.

Are the ones who do.”

Watch out. The Apple Watch is in.

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