Great article and insight Eugene!
Completely agree with you on this point:
Whether it’s a mirror or any other visual neuron-invoking surface, at the end of the day it comes down to behavior change, which is the hardest thing to hack!
But as I reflected on 2017, few things came to mind on what 2018 holds in store for us — and its not more data…
Based on all the data that we track (and more that will be tracked) the answer to better health and productivity, is as you mentioned, not to display more data, but less. Let the data be processed via Machine Learning models and only provide the insight, motication and actions needed to help us improve our behaviour and habits to stay or become healthier.
Having said that, even with the current functionality — for example just having the ability to view the Heart Rate daily min/max values with no App friction gives our users a deeper understanding of their body at just a glance.
And, our upcoming ‘Goal Emoji gamification’ settting 👍🏽 😀 will allow our users to select specific emojis to be displayed when the hit or miss their goals. We are adding this feature based on some ‘Glanceable display’ persuasion studies that have shown to have an effect on positive habit forming.
Our long term goal with Mango Mirror is for it be our personal health and well-being coach. Taking those few minutes that we spend in front of the mirror everyday and enhancing it with actionable feedback and motivation to improve our overall well being.
Happy New Year! Wishing all of you great health and happiness in 2018!
Dave Dubier, Founder Mango Mirror