Aura Health Concept Device Drags Hippies Into the 22nd Century

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The Aura Health Concept from Frog Design Mind attempts to fuse traditional healing and medical technology that is so cutting edge, we probably won't be able to build it for another 1,000 years. I could break down how it is supposed to operate, but the official description illustrates it best:

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First thing in the morning, the user pauses to look into the central component of the Aura, a vessel reminiscent of a Tibetan singing bowl. A camera detects his face; motion-capture systems recognize his expression; and software scans the general color of his skin, his eyeballs, the contraction of the pupils, and the reflectivity of the face. He is prompted to repeat a certain word or hum a particular tune - and as the volume and dynamics of his voice are detected and analyzed for mood, microscopic drops of saliva are captured and examined for bacteria, salinity, and other health indicators.

He then takes the second object in his hands: a semi-soft, sculptural form that gives off gently pulsing lights, colors, sounds, and vibrations as it is touched, encouraging manipulation. The user never needs to be taught what to do with the object, but can interact with it on his own terms. While his skin is in contact with the device, different wavelengths of light and sound pass through his skin: infrared light measures blood flow, ultrasonic rays scan the resistance of his skin tissue, others capture the sound and speed of his heartbeat, the firmness of his grip.

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In the end, general health is projected in an "Aura" of color, light and sound that reflects the user's mood an alerts him to any potential health issues. There is also a "Theraputic Mode" that projects positive images, movies, colors, patterns and shapes inside the vessel that the user can control with a white chime mallet. While the concept itself is fanciful, the idea behind it is sound. A proactive approach towards personal health could help diagnose problems before they become serious. Too bad we will all be way too dead to take advantage of this type of technology. [Frog Design via Core77]

DISCUSSION

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The technology isn't all that far advanced. Statistics like pO2, heart rate, respiratory rate (yes, they can actually tell how fast your breathing by monitoring the skin; I know people in two companies working with the US military to ruggedize the technology for soldiers) and skin conductance can all already be measured through a finger (although some of those need something on both sides of the finger, but that's a quibble). Saliva swabs are a very common way of checking for a number of infectious agents. It might take a full-fledge spit, but micro-fluidics are doing amazing things as well. Examining someone's eyes is a basic part of any exam, and you can even check for high blood pressure by looking at their retina. Some of their more psychological telltales and treatments sound much more like far-fetched hippiedom, certainly, but I think you should hesitate for a very long second before dismissing everything as "1000 years in the future", as much of it can be done today.