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Our Mission To help people live healthier & happier lives
Gyroscope was named after one of the main instruments in a plane — the directional gyroscope. This dial shows which direction you’re heading. Imagine an airline that didn’t have any instruments, where the pilots flew by instinct and hoped to end up at the right airport. Would you fly with them? Likely not, even it was really cheap.
Instrumentation help us navigate, prevent crashes and reliably get to our destination. Sometimes (like on a sunny day) these tools may not be necessary or seem excessive. However, when the conditions worsen (in a storm or at night) our lives will depend on them.
This is a common insight and understood in almost every industry. A company that didn’t keep track of its revenue or know its bank balance would quickly go bankrupt. A website that didn’t track their analytics or get alerts when errors occured would never stay online. The more complex the system, the more necessary tracking and alerting becomes.
The human body is no exception. Unfortunately, this is not how people currently navigate their lives. The tools and monitoring available to a normal person are minimal. Until now, tracking health for most people has been limited to a yearly visit to the doctor or an occasional blood test — which is clearly not enough.
Why invest in your health?
You can easily look up your annual salary or your credit score, but there’s no easy way to see your current lifespan or how healthy your metabolism is. To understand our urgent need for better health tools, Warren Buffet shares a simple analogy…
“Let’s say that when I turned sixteen, a genie had appeared to me. And that genie said, "Warren, I’m going to give you the car of your choice. It’ll be here tomorrow morning with a big bow tied on it. Brand-new. And it’s all yours!"
Having heard all the genie stories, I would say, "What’s the catch?" And the genie would answer, "There’s only one catch. This is the last car you’re ever going to get in your life. So it’s got to last a lifetime."
If that had happened, I would have picked out that car. But, can you imagine knowing it had to last a lifetime, what I would do with it? I would read the manual about five times. I would always keep it garaged. If there was the least little dent or scratch, I’d have it fixed right away because I wouldn’t want it rusting. I would baby that car, because it would have to last a lifetime.
That’s exactly the position you are in concerning your mind and body. You only get one mind and one body. And it’s got to last a lifetime. Now, it’s very easy to let them ride for many years. But if you don’t take care of that mind and that body, they’ll be a wreck forty years later, just like the car would be.
It’s what you do right now, today, that determines how your mind and body will operate ten, twenty, and thirty years from now.”
This is obviously good advice. Your body is priceless. If your heart or brain gets damaged, they’re nearly impossible to replace. Game over. Though almost everyone would agree this is good advice, almost nobody actually follows it.
A third of adults in the US now have prediabetes, and most don’t even know it. More than half the country is overweight or obese. Despite billions being spent, these numbers are getting worse. Is this our future, or can it be changed?
A new operating system for the human body
We operate (physically and mentally) almost identically to people 1,000 or 10,000 years ago. We have changed and updated everything about the world around us, with nice houses, cars, air conditioning & cell phones — but our bodies and minds are unchanged. Almost all humans are running on the same internal operating system — homo sapiens 1.0.
When the original iPhone came out, it was revolutionary. iOS 1.0 was better than anything else on the market, and quickly changed the world. It was far more advanced than any other phone, but how long did that last?
Just 10 years later, can you imagine still using an original iPhone? It was missing almost everything important: no LTE, no iMessage, even the App Store didn’t exist. Through frequent upgrades and iteration, especially with the entire world helping contribute to its development, the pace of innovation increased.
The human body should be the same way. What we have now is like the original iPhone. It is a great system, but it could benefit from significant improvements and needs to be maintained to work well with our modern world. Since it was “released” 10,000 years ago, our body has developed some serious bugs and vulnerabilities, overdue for a major update.
Old systems that used to work well — like hunger or stress — no longer guide us properly in the modern environment. We are no longer at risk of being eaten by a tiger or starving to death, though much of our body hasn’t been updated to know that. Social media can easily hijack our dopamine pathways to show more ads, while sugar companies get people easily addicted to their products at the expense of their metabolism. Modern luxuries like food delivery or big TV’s reduce our activity levels to near zero, while productivity tools keep our chronic stress levels at an all time high.
How can we enjoy all these technologies without letting it impact our health? That’s where Gyroscope comes in. Proper monitoring and guidance are needed to navigate this increasingly complex world. Finally there is a better way. Are you ready for the update?