The Friday Interview: Grzegorz Dziemidowicz, Creator of HeCoSiRe
This week’s interviewee is Grzegorz (Greg) Dziemidowicz, the creator of start-up HeCoSiRe, which launched earlier this year to help people track how they feel and generate further insights into their health too. He talks to us about his new venture and his own life as a quantified self fan.
PH: HI GREG, COULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT HECOSIRE IS?
GD: HeCoSiRe is a simple health tracker app. Everyday it ask you a simple question “How are you?”. I created it because I was sick of catching a cold every few months. By using it, I am hoping to learn what to change in my life, so that I can feel great most of the time.
HeCoSiRe has two main parts: Tracker app and Analytics platform.
The analytics platform is quite simple at the moment. When you visitHeCoSiRe website, we give you easy access to data you collected, so that you can see patterns and get insights. In the future, we are planning to use advanced artificial intelligence to assists you in that process.
What’s special about HeCoSiRe is it’s open source, so you can actually see what is happening behind the scene and if you are a developer, you can help building features you need.
PH: HOW DOES HECOSIRE MAKE MONEY?
GD: HeCoSiRe at the moment is free. To support and sustain growth, in the feature we might introduce paid subscription plans.
PH: WHAT’S COMING NEXT FROM HECOSIRE?
GD: Analysing the data and generating insights. I am quite excited about possibilities of artificial intelligence, in particular deep learning. The industry is making very interesting progress in that space and I hope to use some of those techniques in HeCoSiRe.
At the moment, you can manually inspect the data and notice: “Every-time I go running and then don’t get enough sleep, I feel sick the next day”, but it would be great if machine could generate that conclusion for you.
On capturing data front: Making it easier for more users. One of the “cool” features we have, is support for SmartWatch 2. Unfortunately, it’s running on legacy platform, so to reach more users we are planning to build an app running on Android Wear. We also need to build an iPhone app (yes, we have API if you want to help with this!)
PH: WHAT DO YOU PERSONALLY TRACK ON A DAILY BASIS?
GD: I startedHeCoSiRe 4 months ago and since then I am capturing my health state twice a day. It’s already interesting for me, I’ve noticed that I have a weeks when I am feeling good all the time and then something will put me off balance and it will take me few days to feeling so-so before I get back to normal.
PH: LASTLY, WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE FUTURE OF SELF QUANTIFICATION?
GD: Personally, I am not a big fan of manual data entry and I see future in automation. HeCoSiRe is simple, but manual, as at the moment I am not aware of a device that captures this sort of data automatically. But this is already changing and will only get better.
The smartwatches and activity trackers we have are already counting our steps or heart rate. One day we will get to the sophistication demonstrated in The Island movie, where essentially lab quality tests will be performed on us daily. Combine this with “deep learning” and aggregating data from lots of different people and we should get some amazing results.