The day begins at 5:30am in the Adams household. Bill rises at the sound of the alarm clock and today heads straight for the shower. His schedule is fairly packed and he is anxious to get started. His wife, Amy, follows a quarter of an hour later. They sit down together at the kitchen table and go over their schedules together over a breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast and coffee. Bill takes out his iphone and Amy her Android. Bill chuckles quietly to himself at how this makes them a ‘mixed’ couple.
Bill opens his Curi™ app and begins to take stock of his day. The first thing Bill sees is a reminder to eat breakfast. When he responds yes, Curi™ makes a note to remind Bill in two hours to test his blood sugar.
“Anything special planned for today, Hon?”, Bill asks.
Amy looks over their daughter, Sarah’s, schedule in Curi™. Tennis lessons after school at 4:00pm. Easy. She sees where Curi™ will remind her in time to pick her up.
“Just Sarah’s tennis lesson this afternoon.” Amy replies.
Bill looks at their son’s schedule. Michael, four, gets his usual meds at breakfast and again at dinner. Their doctor has added one new thing; a pill Michael will take about noon. Bill makes a change in Curi™ that will alert Michael’s daycare provider, through the Curi™ app on her tablet, to give Michael his noonday meds. He also makes a note to talk to her about it when he drops Michael off...
Our fictional family here are just like your and my neighbors down the street. They have kids, jobs and pressures like every family. They also have Curi™, an app that helps them work together to assure that each one knows what needs to be done and allow them to pitch in to help one another.
Bill has just left the daycare and is on his way to work. He explained to Janice, Michael’s daycare provider, about the medicine and that it should be given with his lunch. He also explained that all the information is in her Curi™ app. Janice had assured him she will take care of it.
The first sign of trouble is the ramp to the 109. Traffic is backed up for half a mile. There are flashing lights up the road. It’s an accident. Bill does the mental calculus and decides it’s faster to stick with it than to try for the back roads.
Amy has dropped Sarah off at school and is already at work. She begins putting the finishing touches on the marketing presentation that the regional manager will give this afternoon. In her inbox are a stack of papers. Apparently Finance was up burning the midnight oil updating the quarterly projections. Amy frowns as she contemplates all the corrections she needs to make.
On the 109 Bill has hardly made any progress. He’s going to be very late. When Curi™’s alarm in his cell phone goes off to remind him to take his blood sugars he instantly hits the snooze button. This buys him some more time.
By the time Bill gets to work he is nearly 45 minutes late. Fortunately he doesn’t have to explain himself to anyone. People are still streaming into the office and everyone is talking about where they were when the accident occurred. It’s all over the news. Bill had used Curi™’s snooze button several times before pressing the can’t do it button. Now at the office he’ll test his blood and manually make an entry in Curi™. He’ll also be able to note why he couldn’t do the test earlier—stuck in traffic.
Amy has had her head down working on powerpoint slides for hours. When she looks up she sees it is just about lunchtime. Curious about how Michael is doing she pulls out her cell phone, opens the Curi™ app and looks at it with concern. On the status screen she can see that several minutes ago Janice, at the daycare center, was alerted to give Michael his noon meds. It is now a yellow alert indicating that the medicine hasn’t been acknowledged as being given, yet. Amy puts the phone away for now. She realizes that Janice still has time to give the meds so she decides to check Curi™ again later. Sure enough, after just a few minutes Amy sees the status for Michael change from yellow to green indicating that Janice has acknowledged giving Michael his medicine. Thinking about it a moment more Amy decides to make herself Michael’s Minder for his afternoon meds. This means that whenever Curi™ notes that Michael’s noon med is not given, Curi™ in the cloud will notify the Curi™ app in Amy’s phone to alert her to this. She can then call to follow-up.
As you can see Curi™ resides not only in cell phones and tablets but also in the cloud. It provides families with the ability to see what is going on in real time. Not only does it remind individuals when to do a task, it lets others in the family view the status of these tasks, and can even prompt a designated Minder to check up when necessary to keep important tasks from falling through the cracks. But everyone’s life is more than just medicines and meters. We have all kinds of wellness and caregiving goals we are trying to achieve. Curi™ can help with these.
Amy’s efforts are paying off. The presentation is ready to go but now the regional manager wants her to be there by his side during the Q&A in case questions about the financial projections come up. There is no way out of it so she mutes her phone and places it surreptitiously in her lap. What should have been an hour meeting has dragged on for 90 minutes and hasn’t reached the Q&A period yet. As it nears 3:00pm Curi™ alerts her silently that she needs to leave soon to pick up Sarah. Sitting there on the dais next to the speaker Amy prays that this meeting will wrap up. This is just not the time or place for a phone call. She uses Curi™’s snooze feature to buy more time but she knows she can’t leave that room. Not any time soon, anyway.
To Be Continued...