March 4, 2013
Urine Observation? There’s An App For That
Just days ago, redOrbit’s own Michael Harper wrote a very interesting article on the main news site regarding the possibility and ethics of a urine analysis app. Harper’s observation on the subject was very general: covering the facts of the subject with wonderful detail and snippets of future theory here and there. I’d like to offer a bit of my own input on the subject.
I’ll begin with a disclaimer: through the use of technology, absolutely anything in its entirety is possible. This is a truth that most people like to forget due to a false perception about the process of progress. In essence, we could call it the progress of progress, if that makes sense to you. The sequential step in this process is most difficult to imagine when we are just beginning to wrap our minds around a single concept of a single product.
For example, until about 15 years ago, smartphones and tablets were not as perceivable as they are today. This analogy doesn’t carry as much relevance as a comparable scenario to the invention of the light bulb or gunpowder, and nor does it matter; because the point lies in that it exists.
Another example of this type of conceptualization is in Apple’s infamous “there’s an app for that” phrase, coined by the marketing team and various website and TV commercials that advertise Apple hardware. I’ve gone to an extensive length to find the origin of the phrase, and alas, my journey ended in defeat and an itchy arm.
Damn you Google search engine. Damn you.
Apple made headlines with their meme “there’s an app for that,” which started with a comical we-have-everything-you-need aspect, and evolved to a social challenge by app creators. The challenge was to push out apps for activities and tasks that have not been thought of before, or more specifically, are impossible to understand in the first place.
Myshkin Ingawale caused a bit of a ruckus earlier this year at a TED conference. An entrepreneur from Mumbai, Ingawale is looking to rock the app world with another outrageous yet very helpful and convenient app for urine analysis.
Bear with me here.
The process is better explained by Harper in his article, so I’ll skip the antics and get to the ethics. Obviously you’ve never heard of an app approaching the ethical boundary and even crossing over into the biological observation realm; but does the idea seem sound to you? Would you buy it yourself? If in the event that you found success and happiness with the product, would you recommend it to your friends?
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