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Change My Face provides innovative ageing software allowing people to visualise themselves in the future and showing effects of lifestyle such as drinking, smoking, tanning, diet, stress and pollution. We make software for education, science, health, pensions and HR. Our apps have been no.1 in 16 countries, achieving over 1 million downloads and reaching out to a global audience.

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Behavioural Science helps Mexicans Save More for Retirement

👤 🕔 November 20, 2018 Comments Off on Behavioural Science helps Mexicans Save More for Retirement

An extraordinary 41% of Mexico’s elderly currently live in poverty. Working with Ideas 42, who have had the honor of systematically applying their behavioural science across a major government financial system, which is the first of its kind in Mexico, we have incorporated our ageing software for those using the app to be able to visualise their future selves.

Saving for retirement is a challenge for most people. It feels far in the future, and it’s natural to focus on more immediate financial needs. That’s not to say we don’t recognize the importance of setting up a retirement account and starting to save early, but even with that knowledge it’s easy to be deterred by unpleasant or complicated tasks, difficult decisions, or the multi-step process for getting started.

Result! We were proud to discover that using the aging photo filter increased the number of account holders who made a one-time contribution in August by 13%, and raised the average amount contributed in that month by 1,327 MXN (from an average amount of 3,063 MXN).30 Taking into account the greater number of contributors and size of the contributions made, in aggregate our intervention increased the total amount saved among account holders in the treatment group by 54% (1,675,974 MXN) compared to the control (1,087,422 MXN). Including the aging filter along with savings messages induced not only more contributions, but also much larger ones.

Read the whole report here.

Prevention rather than Cure

👤 🕔 November 9, 2018 Comments Off on Prevention rather than Cure

Three cheers for the NHS. The plan is to place more resources into prevention rather than waiting for the population to succumb to the big diseases (heart, diabetes, cancer etc). This is a great leap forward – I was starting to worry when attending a Science Festival talk last year, one particular panel was discussing new health innovations and how to detect disease earlier, and as if reading my mind, a gentleman in the audience asked how the NHS could help advise people to live healthier lifestyles. The barrage he received back from a GP who is very high up in the NHS, was extraordinary. She was adamant the responsibility did not lie with the NHS to do this, and that if someone could be so stupid as to live unhealthily that it was their problem. Well, as the NHS have finally concluded it has very become their own financial problem.

As the BBC reported, people in England are being told to cut back on alcohol, sugar, salt and fat in a bid to boost the nation’s healthy life expectancy by five years. Health Secretary Matt Hancock is setting out his long-term vision for the NHS on Monday – and the focus is on preventing illness. He says that 10 times more money is spent on treating disease than prevention – which “doesn’t stack up”. The plan also recommends that bosses should do more to keep staff healthy.

Mr Hancock told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there needed to be a shift in culture and in the way resources are balanced. “For too long the NHS has seen itself as essentially the National Hospital Service, with primary care and GPs round the side,” he said. “I want to see it as the health service of the nation, helping people to stay healthier.”

The plan also includes ambitions to: halve childhood obesity by 2030, reduce loneliness by making “social prescribing”, when doctors or nurses prescribe community activities – more widespread diagnosing 75% of cancers at stages one and two by 2028 use technology to predict patients’ illnesses and target advice at sections of the population.

Go Go Go NHS, we support you all the way.

The Future of Beauty

👤 🕔 September 25, 2018 Comments Off on The Future of Beauty

Today’s choices of skin creams and cosmetics could not be more abundant or confusing. In the past there has been a hit or miss approach to buying new products that sees many of us spending hard earned cash on ingredients that aren’t necessarily the best for our own skin. However, the future of beauty lies in the consumer becoming more in control of what they buy and how they buy it. Personalised cosmetics, apps and technology being used by new brands will allow us to have more knowledge and make better choices when shopping for beauty and skin care creams.

Many new smaller cosmetic companies are being discovered on Instagram and the visualisation of branding and products is helping us to see what would work for us.

Instagram has become a thriving environment for cult beauty brands, with 44% of cosmetics and skincare purchases influenced by beauty brands on social media (source: Facebook IQ). Beauty Futures

In the age of the Selfie, if your images are not altogether perfect you can improve them with countless apps that smooth out wrinkles, and imperfections.

Alternatively, newer brands are challenging this notion of a common ‘look’ that we’re all aiming for and are calling the diversity card. We are of course all different in our own way, after all. Low-cost brand Sleek MakeUP is challenging beauty standards with its initiative, My Face, My Rules. The campaign aims to defend everyone’s right to wear as little or as much make-up as they want. (BF)

As outlined in the Beauty Futures 2018 report the Future Lab reveals its research into 2019’s beauty trends:

  1. Digital tools are altering consumers’ perception of beauty.

Snapchat and Instagram filters may seem innocuous, but are creating a skewed sense of self, where it is more important to be beautiful online than in real life. Plan your product and marketing strategies carefully to address both aspects of your customers’ personalities.

  1. Non-invasive aesthetic procedures are becoming routine.

Beauty treatments are no longer confined to the dressing table or the spa. Consider how you can become best placed to integrate into this hybrid space.

  1. Beauty consumers are looking for expert influencers.

While dermatologist brands are still popular, emerging science-backed brands need to have a unique point of view to differentiate themselves, and female doctors are becoming a popular voice of expertise.

Beauty Futures 2018 : 22

Age Progression moves back to the future

👤 🕔 September 15, 2017 Comments Off on Age Progression moves back to the future

Having recently met Professor Hassan Ugail at Bradford University we see it is now possible to age progress and regress long term missing persons with a good degree of accuracy. In the past determining how a missing person may look for use in publicity has placed the responsibility on a forensic artist’s personal opinion of how they may look, albeit using reference photos of parents and siblings. By placing the emphasis on algorithms and giving that responsibility to a machine to calculate how a person’s face will age will create a uniform result each time. This does not take away what the forensic artist can do, because the skill and training that a forensic artist has is valid, and there’s a human element that gives a degree of believability, creating a ‘lifelike’ portrait of how the person could look, with updated hairstyles and clothing, and as to date the machine cannot yet do this, but surely this is only a matter of time.

Can we predict time of death?

👤 🕔 September 14, 2017 Comments Off on Can we predict time of death?

There is a discrepency between the human lifespan which say could average 120 years and the human life expectancy which does average 80 years. So, where did the missing 40 years go? Factors such as obesity, smoking, drinking and stress have an effect on our lifespan shortening it – the growing effect of obesity in children and adults means that the ‘big’ diseases will kick in sooner, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Research and data taken from hundreds and thousands of people and analysed shows that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but not drinking at all is worse than drinking a glass of wine or beer a few evenings a week. Being uncomfortable is good for us, so being a bit stressed (but not too much), getting cold and hungry kickstarts the body’s system into repair mode. The ever popular 5:2 fasting diet really does work and has recently shown to start reversing symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes. Get fit in your 50’s…it’s the best time for your body and means that if you haven’t exercised massively in your earlier years, you won’t experience so much injury. Lastly, eat cheese, because so far the research has shown that it has not detrimental effect on shortening our lives, good news for cheese lovers around the world.

Facing the Future

👤 🕔 March 22, 2017 Comments Off on Facing the Future

We are excited to have contributed towards a new installation by the YBA Artist Gillian Wearing who imagines herself as a 70-year-old in series of images unveiled as part of exhibition at National Portait Gallery

Not everyone will want to know what they might look like when they are 70, but the artist Gillian Wearing is more than happy to contemplate it, dozens of times.

The National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday unveiled a huge wall of images called Rock ’n’ Roll 70 Wallpaper showing a digitally aged Wearing in about 30 different situations and clothes.

They include Wearing as a 70-year-old biker girl in a white vest with breast enhancements and tattoos, and a more down-to-earth Wearing in a dowdy yellow sweater posing happily with her real-life partner, Michael Landy, who is also digitally aged.

There is also a triptych comprising an image of Wearing as she is today, one of her digitally aged, and a blank space to be filled in with a photograph when the artist really is 70.

Sarah Howgate, the gallery’s contemporary curator, said Wearing worked closely with forensic scientists for the project. “It is exploring issues which affect us all … ageing, memento mori, the transience of life,” she said.

Gillian Wearing poses in front of the wall of images
Wearing poses in front of the wall of images showing her 70-year-old selves. Photograph: Ray Tang/Rex/Shutterstock

The work is part of a new show opening on Thursday that presents works by Wearing alongside pieces by the early 20th-century French surrealist artist Claude Cahun.

Both are from vastly different backgrounds but there are many parallels between them, hence the reason for the show.

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the Mask, Another Mask is at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 March to 29 May.

Tech: The Future of Personalised Health Care

👤 🕔 March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Tech: The Future of Personalised Health Care

Change My Face is now working more with start ups who are accessing our age progression software to flag up warning signs about health and for users of their tech to seek out healthier lifestyles as well as screening.  CXA, Connexion Asia   are unlocking wellness in the workplace with a new app that allows users to input information about their health and see their future selves, as well as having access to screening and information.

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We are also working with the University of Tokyo which also has funding to develop an app to raise awareness of preventable diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease in Japan – with the emphasis on prevention being better than cure. Personalised medicine, I understand from them, is the future. Stats from the NHS show thousands of people in England could avoid an early death from one of the five most common killers: Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, Lung Disease and Liver Disease. A child born today should expect to live a longer, healthier life than ever before. Yet, a Government report, Living Well for Longer (PDF, 1.6Mb), blames the top five killers for more than 150,000 deaths a year among under-75s in England alone and the Department of Health estimates two-thirds of them are entirely avoidable.

This chart shows the premature death toll by illness. Heart disease and stroke are together referred to as cardiovascular disease.

We are fascinated by what lies ahead with regards to modern healthcare such as this futuristic doctor’s surgery innovation project in San Francisco. Could the days be numbered for our outdated doctor’s surgeries? Technology will ultimately supercede and luckily for us the more information we have at our fingertips, smartphone, accessible doctors etc the more pro-active we can be with our own future health.

 

Forward’s rethinking of the doctor’s office includes lots of touch screens, white walls, and wood accents.

Rachel Metz writes…imagine if your doctor’s office was more like an Apple Store mashed up with a fancy gym: a modern white-and-wood aesthetic, replete with fancy gadgets and gleaming touch screens, for which you paid a monthly fee to visit as often as you wished.

Forward’s exam rooms are sleek and modern, with a large touch screen on one wall that doctors use to go over patients’ information.

Forward combines a variety of services—you can get help with your high cholesterol, a pap smear, and a vaccine for an upcoming overseas trip—with data gathered both at the office and, via wearable gadgets and Forward’s smartphone app, at home. The clinic has a built-in pharmacy; the first round of any drugs your Forward doctor prescribes is free. And blood tests that can be performed and quickly analyzed on site are included, too, as are any wearable gadgets the doc wants to send home with you. It does not accept health insurance.

Forward founder and CEO Adrian Aoun says the startup wants to change how patients approach going to the doctor. Most people just make an appointment when they’re sick or have a weird rash. But while you may see a doctor once or twice a year, “your body hasn’t stopped caring about its health in between,” he notes. It’s concierge medicine, Silicon Valley style, for $149 a month.

23 and Me DNA Testing

23 and Me provides DNA kits, a simple mouth swab allows you to unlock pre-determined information from your own DNA and find out how your genetics relate to things like abnormal blood clotting, cystic fibrosis or response to certain medications. Those who buy the kit can also see if their body metabolises caffeine quickly or if you’re likely lactose intolerant. 23andMe in the UK believe the more you know about your DNA, the more you know about yourself.

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Mirror Mirror

👤 🕔 March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Mirror Mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the geekiest of them all? Get ready for this, fairy tale enthusiasts and technology lovers, because the magic mirror has just gone digital. Cybertecture combines the traditional form and function of a mirror with the programmable apps and clean digital display of our favorite gadgets.

Connected wirelessly to the internet and utilizing a user-friendly interface, this incredibly intuitive product allows you to get the information you need while performing its duty as a completely functional mirror. The possibilities are as diverse as they are exciting. Watch TV while blow-drying your hair. Read the news while brushing your teeth. Check Facebook while washing your face.

Moving on, could your magic mirror be a health tool that recognises that your blood sugar is low, or that you cholesterol is on the up? Maybe you can see your face in 10 years ‘ time according to your lifestyle, or perhaps you’ve given up smoking and want to see how much better you’re going to age?

And if the extra displays get distracting, you can always switch the mirror to passive mode and it will simply be a slick reflective surface for you to style your hair or perform your beauty routine. You control the device either with a remote or via your smartphone. It comes with a sensor pad to allow you to track your health vitals, so that you can check up on yourself and the world around you from a single location.

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Research proves teens respond to Smoking Time Machine

👤 🕔 December 14, 2016 Comments Off on Research proves teens respond to Smoking Time Machine

We are pleased to see that recent research in Germany shows that our app Smoking Time Machine does actually help to put teens off smoking, or at least trying.

Me: “Smoking causes cancer.”

My teen patient:  “I know.”

Me: “Smoking causes heart disease.”

My teen patient: “I know.”

Me: “Each cigarette takes away about 11 minutes of your life.”

My teen patient: “That’s bad.”

Me: “People who smoke a pack a day die, on average 7 years earlier than people who have never smoked.”

My teen patient: “That’s really bad.”

Me: “Can I help you quit smoking?”

My teen patient: “No; I’m still going to smoke.”

Unfortunately, I’ve had this conversation many times. One of the most challenging aspects of adolescent medicine is changing unhealthy behaviors like smoking. My patients know that it’s bad, really bad, but they don’t stop. They’re not surprised if I tell them that smoking is linked to nearly 29 percent of U.S. cancer deaths or that smoking-related illnesses claim more American lives than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide and illegal drugs combined.

Some of the problem is their belief that “it’s not going to happen to me.” Others have seen more death and violence in their young lives than one should see in a lifetime — leading them to question whether they will even be alive in 20 years. Every day in the U.S., about 4,000 kids under the age of 18 try their first cigarette, and 1,000 of those become smokers. It is estimated that approximately 4.5 million adolescents in the U.S. are smokers.

For teenagers it’s appearance, appearance, appearance.  One thing that teens really care about is appearance. They never seem to pass a mirror without a glance. Many studies have demonstrated the influence of teens’ perceived attractiveness on their self-confidence and quality of life, for example, the relationship between acne and self-esteem. Tapping into this, a recent study done in German secondary schools used a free photo aging mobile app called Smoking Time Machine, which alters a person’s self-portrait (selfie) to predict future appearance. The students’ altered three-dimensional selfies on mobile phones or tablets were “mirrored” via a projector in front of their whole grade. Using an anonymous questionnaire, the researchers then measured the perceptions of 125 students of both genders whose average age was about 13 years old. Most (62 percent) of the students perceived the intervention as fun. More important, most (63 percent) said that the intervention motivated them not to smoke and most (65 percent) said that they learned new benefits of non-smoking.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The cancers and illnesses may appear during adulthood, but most adult smokers began smoking during adolescence. In a study reported in Pediatrics, parental smoking was associated with a significantly higher risk of adolescent children starting to smoke. In addition, the likelihood of children starting to smoke increased with the number of parents who smoked and the length of time that children were exposed to parental smoking. There is a silver lining to this study: Offspring of parents who had quit smoking were no more likely to smoke than offspring of parents who had never smoked.

My advice: 

  1. Parents who smoke should literally quit for their children.
  2. Show your kids the Smoking Time Machine app. They’ll probably laugh and think they look silly…that’s what I call a teachable moment!

Rima Himelstein, M.D., Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System

Download Smoking Time Machine here

Futuristic aging for COSI Science Center

👤 🕔 November 15, 2016 Comments Off on Futuristic aging for COSI Science Center

Almost completed, a multi tasking exhibit to visiulise your future self for the COSI Science Center in Ohio, with effects of smoking, alcohol, drugs, tanning, stress and diet. We’ve really loved working on this project and had great feedback so far:

 

“The software is installed and works like a charm. We started playing around with the software in our exhibition space, and it looks great!  If guests have half as much fun with it as we did it will be a huge hit.  Thanks so much for all of you and your team’s work on the program. The aging effects work wonderfully.  I especially like the ability to get in at the end and re-adjust my selections—it’s not only fun, but I think it really helps get the specific content points across.  Kudos.” Josh Kessler, COSI