We’ve covered wearable devices that monitor physiology — and LifeShirt has been around since 2002. But instead of detecting emergencies like heart attacks or strokes, this IHT article shows researchers are learning how to monitor your psyche:
Imagine, they say: You are having a breakdown and reaching for a drink when your cellphone rings: “Hold on!” says your Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor from across town, alerted by a device that monitors the subtle sweating of your palms.
Or: You are feeling just fine, but suddenly your palm computer flashes: “Warning! You seem to be entering the manic phase of your bipolar disorder.”
Or: You tell your therapist you’re feeling vaguely bad. “Let’s wire you up and see whether it’s more anxiety or depression,” is the response.
Promising stuff, but it certainly can’t work for all psychiatric disorders. For a paranoid schizophrenic patient, for instance, all the wires and warnings might cause a little … paranoia?
Flashback: WEALTHY, the wearable health system.
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