Trutinor FAQs

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  1. How could this be made?
    A prototype would be very simple: a digital scale with a simple computer chip and wifi capability.
  2. What is different about this scale?
    The Trutinor only features the lockout feature. It can’t be altered or customized, as designed. Other scales may have this capability, but they by design can be adjusted, defeating the point.
  3. What does Trutinor mean?
    Trutinor means “Scale” in Latin. It also hints at the word “truth,” because the truth is, your weight on any given day is only a glimpse into a larger process (Your “true” weight and health).
  4. Explain the locking system.
    Using input from local nutritional behaviorists I’m working with, we default the Trutinor at one weekly weigh-in. When you begin using the Trutinor, you create a unique login online, set your weigh-in rate, and you can only change the rate every 60 days, to encourage stable weighing practices.
  5. What’s to stop someone from weighing themselves on a different scale?
    This product is meant to dissuade a harmful practice, and interact with its users in a positive manner. It cannot prevent Overweighing, but it can give a sense of agency to overweighers.
  6. Will those solely be a medical device, or could Joe Overweigher purchase one?
    If successful, the product could open up to a wider consumer base.
  7. If hacked, could this information compromise the patient's security?
    Potentially but there would be no reason to use specifically identifying information. The login ID needn’t be a real name.
  8. How do you plan to navigate regulations on medical devices?
    With input from experts in medical regulations.
  9. Given the obesity epidemic, how might the scale be modified or used to assist in the opposite direction, i.e. to lose weight?
    It is meant to be part of a larger program of weight management. Overweighing afflicts both obese and underweight populations.
  10. You have to consider allowing a reset. Maybe a manufacturer reset button or something?
    We live in a social context where the user's desires come first, but this product is aimed at curbing impulsivity.

    • The design is specifically engineered around the prevention of a reset. We want more “Apple” than “Samsung” in design: a sealed-off battery with charge port.
    • It’s possible to open up an iPhone and tinker, but the design discourages it.
  11. Who are you selling to?
    We are selling to medical professionals and clinics.
  12. How big is the potential market?
    According to NEDA, 30 million Americans exhibit significant indicators of eating disorders at some point in their lives. Early results with clinics and professionals can help give us a sense of the product’s efficacy and wider market potential.
  13. Who is your end consumer? Overweighers I assume, do we know more about them?
    Certainly. They tend to be female and highly educated, though there is a lot of underreporting on the issue, as many people do not realize they are engaging in overweighing.
  14. How will your doctor or health professional have access to your stats?
    Via the Trutinor login/homepage, accessible to the patient online or through their smartphone.
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