Science &
Technology

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Sinque™ is a result of years of researching human weight. Based on medical science, our tool is designed to detect and analyze weight fluctuations that our body generates during our day to day activities.

Our algorithm is capable of learning an individual's weight fluctuation pattern, as well as detect changes in this pattern. The changes are related to behavior, sickness, and clinical conditions.
Information
Motivation
Interaction
Action
Users frequently interact with our numberless WiFi scale and mobile app, which generates information that  motivates them to take actions towards better health.

Physiology

  • Water is the most abundant and most frequently recycled element in the human body.
    • Body fluids serve a variety of functions in the human body, including a key role in the digestion, absorption and transportation of other nutrients, formation and stability of cell structures, removal of waste products and toxins, as a solvent for biochemical reactions, thermoregulations of the human body, and lubrications.
    • Water is the main constituent of cells, so cellular water and fluxes of water between extracellular and intracellular compartments are primary factors affecting cell volume, which in turn regulates a wide variety of cellular functions, such as epithelial transport, metabolism excitation, hormone release, migration cell proliferation or even cell death.
  • Nutrients (glucose, fat, protein) consumed in oxidation processes, combined with other elements that are also consumed in other processes, like lipogenesis and gluconeogenesis, correspond to less than 30% of necessary water consumption.
  • Total body weight has a clear influence on the inputs and outputs of water.
  • Therefore, if an individual weighs at 20-minute intervals during a day we will find their weight oscillation.

Clinical Consequences

  • One number cannot represent an individual’s weight because the total body weight fluctuates during the day.

    • The average procedure to evaluate weight loss is to measure weight at day 1 and, for example, at day 30. The simple subtraction of the weight is on visit 2 – visit 1 is the reference for doctors to understand if the individual is losing weight.

    • IF the first weight was one of the lowest of the daily weight oscillation and at the second visit this weight is one of the highest of the daily oscillation, we generate the false impression that this individual is gaining weight.

    • This process can hide possible successful cases of weight loss: it’s hidden by the weight oscillation.

    • On the other hand, a person’s weight oscillation can also hide their silent weight gain.

  • People are frustrated with scales because they are an unproductive way to track weight pound by pound, kilo by kilo.

    • Even though daily self-weighing is proven to be an effective way to lose weight, weight fluctuation generates frustration to make people give up.

    • For some people, stepping on the scale triggers lots of negative self-talk and uncomfortable emotions.

Technical
Solution

  • By combining science and technology we offer a better way for people to track, understand and control their weight.

  • Science (human physiology) – our algorithm “learns” an individual's weight oscillation each week and defines a weight range for each of these weeks. Using three weeks of data, our algorithm uses a combination of equations to project the user's weight range two weeks in advance. Our data shows that our projection is proving to be 90% accurate.
     

  • Technology – Our solution collects data (weight) from Sinque monitors, uses our algorithm to analyze the data in the cloud, and reveals the weight trend to the user.
     

  • Science (behavior) – We show weight not as a number, but as a trend. We developed a dial that reveals a user’s weight trend. This method avoids the frustration with natural weight oscillation “spikes” and validates our user's behavior change, motivating them to stay with their program.