THE Average NUMBER OF THOUGHTS PER DAY FOR THE Common PERSON
THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF GEORGIA RESIDENTS Diagnosed WITH Diabetes
The number of fast food restaurants have more than doubled in America
Death Certificates listing diabetes as an underlying cause of death in 2018
My name is Laurence Wingo and I’m the CEO of Maw and Paw.
My Grandmother was the breadwinner of our family and also the educator of how to live properly through exercise and eating the right things even while living as a diabetic. As she reached older years of age, she needed someone to chauffeur her around town primarily for Church and Sunday dinner. As an obedient child, we would pick her favorite restaurants to dine in while traveling. Her favorites were The Varsity, Picadilly, or even just Burger King to have a conversation about how to handle my own business. With today's social and economical issues, I wish there was something I use for helping her live longer.
What I’m building this weekend at Hack GT is an app called My-Spot. My-Spot will save billions in health care dollars by providing technology to fetch better dining decisions while in synch with real-time continuous glucose monitors. My-Spot provides real-time blood glucose calculations to calculate meal recommendations based on a users desired cuisine choice and current glucose level. Users can also earn insurance points which can be redeemed as discounts at the recommended restaurants. Earning insurnace points happens by completing actionable exercise events which can be tracked through the app.
I built this application using Apple frameworks available on the device such as Core Bluetooth, UIKit, MapKit, and Core Location. Majority of the work completed today has been towards changing the user interface of both the website and the app in order to create a prototype.
Our market to make money can be two fold. We can sell this technology to insurance companies as the primary source of revenue for delivering the solution to hospitals. For those grandmother’s who don’t have insurance, then a subscription based model for the app would become available after a 7-day trial. Even for those grandparents who can’t afford the monthly subscription then we will provide a social good by providing the most popular restaurant recommendations from the app.
The total available market in the State of Georgia is 1,111,000 which is the number of prediabetic patients who don’t even know they have high blood pressure. A subset of that population in the State of Georgia would be our target market which are individuals or families in the greater Atlanta area that prefer to dine out. I’m projecting a revenue stream that is north of $5 to $10 billion dollars.
The industry we’re disrupting is healthech and our unique benefit to the customer consists of real-time blood glucose with preferred dining options and a hope that it saves other people’s grandmothers.
The exercise section of the app is an internet of things concept. The iPhone device connects to a custom engineered dog collar created by Maw & Paw ATL which vibrates through mini motors after receiving WiFi and Bluetooth packets from the MySpot iOS application.
Using vibrating mini motors, the Arduino transmits various vibrating patterns depending on the type of alert wheter it's a hypotensive attack for low blood sugar levels or a hypertensive attack for high blood sugar levels. This type of micro controller is a Arduino Huzzard 32.
NutritionIX/Yelp Concentrating as a Human Learning and Development major, Laurence Wingo volunteered at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center within the intensive care unit for neurology. Prominent cases within the unit consisted of patients suffering from hemorrhagic strokes. An observation from this Atlanta population concluded that patients were either at risk prior to having a stroke or were pre-diagnosed with having diabetes. Lack of blood flow to the brain could also cause depression. According to the British Medical Journal, it is proposed that depression is the dysfunctional state arising from inadequate rates of blood flow to deliver necessary oxygen and nutrients to sustain normal tissue function in specific regions of the brain.
Using Emotiv’s Epoc+, we could possibly send triggers in an application when blood glucose levels become abnormal producing changes in neurophysiological activity.
The Maw & Paw project was created to reinforce alert training for diabetic alert dogs. The goals is to provide a secondary cue to preform alerting behaviors when owners are having problems requiring urgent attention and treatment.
Diabetic alert dogs can detect drops or rises in blood glucose levels ahead of meters, often by 15 to 30 minutes.
If the owners were to document eating habits in the app, then caloric intake is shared with the blood glucose levels within HealthKit on the users iPhone. If blood glucose levels rise or get too low (typically below 75 and above 200), the Maw & Paw app will send Bluetooth packets to the Arduino to alert the dog as a second cue while using heightened senses for scents of the owner. This app seeks to help dog owners with training to develop diabetic alert dogs while building the necessary life they need in return.
Living with excess leads to unhealthy consumerism habits such as lack of physical stimulation through exercise and poor diet choices for rewarding and subjective pleasures. A leading factor from overconsumption in the south can be in the form of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association uses the hashtag #EverydayReality on social media to connect with people and promote diabetes awareness which is the seventh leading cause of bereavement according to the CDC. Cultural stigmas in the south are usually based upon bootstrapping from nothing until there is socioeconomic movement even without necessary resources. Life moves slower in the south but can rapidly increase through the lens of consumerism, southern charm, loyalty, and being supportive to certain communities. Celebrations are commonly viewd as not applying purchasing power in moderation. Southern comfort begins to develop which occasionally leads to unnoticed risks of not everything being equal such as the brain requiring clean and appropriate blood flow to operate at its best. Unknowingly, sufferers with type 2 diabetes mellitus are 2 to 3 times more likely to suffer from mental depression whereas over 205,000 Georgia residents don't know they are at risk. Maw & Paw realizes that health management in the south can feel like being required to participate in cotillion courses in which were used for proper ettiquete courses to become southern belles or gentlemen. Our ambition is to avoid cotillion types of self care by leading by example and providing helpful content. The links below investigate life expecancy across the United States.