Fitness patches, maybe

Once upon a time, last year, I had a chance to receive a Microsoft Band v.1. As much as I use and like Microsoft products, the rule of thumb is to never buy on version 1. So I received a credit for the retail cost of the item ($200), and used it for better purposes. The current wearable that I dreamed about is the Fitbit Charge ($99), If researchers @ UT/longhorns can get it right, a patch could be used, not unlike the Cigarette patches available today (I’ve never smoked, so no personal knowledge of such). My guess it would also be cheaper and potentially paid for with Insurance (Hello Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC) or Medicaid/Medicare. If one can spend some money to monitor health, report to primary doctors and healthcare providers to catch solvable little problems before they become intractable and expensive fixes, the better for all concerned.

It would be nice if the nice people in Durham understood this concept, but still working on that.

I love this idea

As some of you know, I have had a keen interest in technology and have for my over 20 years in the Web world, and years of BBS (Bulletin Board Systems) such as Wildcat, CompuServe, and others. This project that comes out of Kenya, is different and more applicable to its intended users than those that some multinationals brag about and tote to help NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations). A ruggedized tablet with built-in connectivity and local encyclopedic storage from Wikipedia (a personal fave) is just what the doctor ordered for the rest of us.