Stepping onto the scales is the starting point for many who want to take charge of their health. With the increase of wearable devices people can now record and track their physical health at all times of the day, with the collected data points from each device enabling users to better understand their body and level of progress.
However, when looking into the mirror, stepping onto the scale, or even looking at all the data it can be hard to measure progress. As a better way to gain a visual insight into physical health Australia startup mPort has created the world’s first 3D body mapping pod – mPod. The pod is a visual body progress and tracking platform that allows the user to visually see the data points of their physical health.
mPod generates a 3D avatar to show and track physical changes including the user’s basal metabolism rate, BMI, muscle and fat percentages. The avatar can also display the user’s target weight and ideal heart rate to identify what the user’s body would look like at the end result.
The mPod captures more than 200,000 data points by using non-invasive infrared technology. The data is represented as a real life sized avatar that brings numbers and results into a real world, visual format. The 3D body scan of a user’s entire body is completed in minutes and each user’s data is stored online, making it accessible from anywhere at anytime.
The founders of mPort, Melody Shiue, Andy Wu, and Dipra Ray, wanted to create a more engaging way for people to track their physical health other than looking at the scales. In 2013 the first prototype of mPort was launched, which soon expanded rapidly to reach more than 90,000 measured users.
“With around 20 percent of our customers already tracking their health achievements via mPort’s mobile website, we know Australians are searching for a way to know their body differently than by numbers,” said Ray. “With their 3D avatar, customers can track their health and physical progress visually, where and when they want to.”
The mPods are located in 19 Westfield shopping centres around Australia including Parramatta in NSW, Fountain Gate in Queensland, and Doncaster in Victoria. The mobile port enables users to scan their body and through an online application user’s can continue to record their progress from home.
“Via our 3D body mapping mPods and our online and mobile platforms we want to empower Australians to know their body, celebrate its strengths and individuality, and provide them with the knowledge to look, feel and be their personal best, as well as visualise their progress over time.”
This week the startup has announced the launch of a mobile app to increase a user’s access to the tracking platform. Users will now be able to monitor their health outside of Westfield shopping centres either via desktop or smartphone.
Body mapping sessions in mPorts are free for users, who can scan their bodies as often as they like. To keep track of measurements and progress, users can subscribe to the app for $29.50 a year.
Healthtech services like diagnostic apps and video doctor consultations are using technology to make monitoring health and accessing data easier for both patient and healthcare professionals. Similar to mPort other Australian healthtech startups including Healthkit, Coviu and Canceraid look to allow patient to monitor their own care from the comfort of their home. It’s services like these that take away the pressure from doctors, nurses, dieticians fitness trainers by transferring data and knowledge into people’s homes.
In the coming months mPort is aiming to open its services to more locations across Australia. These locations are soon to be announced along with plans to open operations overseas.
Image: Dipra Ray. Source: Supplied.