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Great Gadgets: Musings On A New Device

Posted Oct 14 2008 4:59am

I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis for 11 years. I’ve been taking medication twice a day now for about that length of time, yet sometimes I simply forget to take it. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this because it seems sort of ridiculous to me, but I’m sure I’m not the only one. Well, I hope I’m not the only one!

According to a New York Times article I was reading over the weekend, “busy people can forget to take their medications.” Good. I’m not the only one. ;-) A Silicon Valley company (Zume Life) is testing a new device called Zuri that will help you remember to take your meds, while also keeping track of symptoms, diet, exercise, and other health information. All of this data can then be uploaded to a website. The geek in me thinks this is pretty nifty.

The Zuri will not be cheap, though. It will retail at around $200 and the monthly fee for web services will run about $40 to $50 a month. Whoa! Basically, it’s like having another cell phone. Perhaps other companies will begin to develop similar devices and, eventually, we’ll have a variety of devices to choose from, at various prices, to suit our needs.

I really like the concept, but I don’t think this is something I’d buy. Busy people do not need another device to carry around that costs as much as their cell phone. The article mentions an iPhone application that is currently in the works by the same company. Now, this is more appealing… especially since I’m looking for more reasons to justify plunking down the money for an iPhone.

I can definitely see the benefits of the Zuri, and I think it could be especially useful for caregivers. This article has inspired me to do a little web surfing to see what is out there that might help me capture my day-to-day health information. Once I find some other options, I will report back.

I am intrigued, though, and I think a device like this could really improve self-care. Kudos to Zume Life for developing something innovative!

NY Times Article on Zuri

Zume Life

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