Former Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte is working with the Roberto App that aims to help monitor brain performance. The app is a video game that monitors brain activity and checks for abnormalities. Information from the application can be sent to a doctor, but alerts you first that there may be a problem. Markette Sheppard and Kristen Berset-Harris sat down with the NFL alum and CEO of RC21X Clarence Carlos learn more about it.
Markette: As a former NFL player, but also a former high school football coach and father, this is technology that is truly near and dear to your heart.
Gus: It is. We're all concerned parents and we want to know what our kids are doing at all times, and we want to inspect those things. So now we have a tool, there's never been an easier way to understand what's going on with our kids because they're always stressed or anxious, or playing sports, but we want to reach all the kids- with this app we can really target them.
Markette: Clarence you had a personal tragedy that prompted you to create this app.
Clarence: Yes, the tragedy that happened was because of my fraternity brother and close friend's son is what gave me the passion to make a difference behind this because he died from a sneeze. He sneezed and his internal arteries in his brain collapsed, and over the course of three days the doctors didn't have data or information to tell what was going on with this young man. So now you have a tool that can monitor if something changes in your lifestyle that causes your brain to function abnormal, we can figure that out in a real time basis and get it to you in less than thirty seconds.
Kristen: This is cool because sometimes people don't like to go to the doctor, but this gives you a baseline that is so easy to use that you can use this app later to monitor yourself.
Gus: Exactly, I mean how many times have you gone to get a physical and your doctor said, "How's your brain?" It doesn't happen. Now you can start monitoring and managing that and tell your doctor your score from the Roberto App. They will be able to understand where we've taken these results from, and really take care of yourself like your glucose or cholesterol- but now we have a chance to use numbers to look at our brain.
Markette: So we take the results of the video games, take it to the doctor, and they understand what the results mean, but a sneezed killed a man?
Clarence: Yes, a 16-year-old healthy man that everybody thought was in the greatest shape of his life, but he sneezed, and that sneezed triggered him to collapse, but the doctors were wondering if he was on drugs or alcohol, and he wasn't that type of kid. Over two and three days of him not being able to get up out of bed and be sent to the emergency room because he couldn't move, they found out that it was a little bit too late and it caused him a stroke because lack of blood flow through the brain causes a stroke, and he died.
Kristen: So are we kind of on a brink of a breakthrough in the way that we look at the brain?
Markette: And if he was using technology like this, do you think doctors could have been able to save him?
Clarence: Yes, even his parents would be able to know. They would understand he's not performing on his normal range. We make it real simple- we break it down to fifteen hundred data points to either red, green, or blue. Red means you are not in your normal range, green means that you are in your normal range, and blue means you start at a new normal high. So we make it simple for you to understand for your kids, adn then you can get your child to the doctor right away to get the help they need.
For more information about the Roberto App, check out their website at www.robertoapp.com.