Saving Lives Using Wearable Device Data
The consumer electronics industry held CES 15 last week in Las Vegas showcased new innovations in wearable devices – one area I have a particular interest. Wired’s top picks called out Withings Activité Pop Activité Pop’ ‘handsome and colorful’ and only $150. It makes the geek in me fashionable – something my children could use some help with. Sold!
However, there is another wearable that has my attention – a wearable designed to save children’s lives: Embrace. Embrace is the first medical-quality wearable to help measure stress, epileptic seizures, activity and sleep. The idea is it an be used to detect early signs of an event and alert you when an unusual event is about to happen. If you have a toddler or infant, the wearable could alert parents in the middle of the night. As a mother of four children, peace of mind in the night is king.
Imagine the possibilities.
Biometric data collected from devices like these when used in the classroom could be used as a predictor children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, or Mood Disorders to help clinicians, educators and parents better understand when a child is starting to become dis regulated. Integrating that data with therapeutic and educational strategies could potentially provide insight into a practice that is largely trial and error.
I pledged my support for Embrace in hopes that innovation in this field will continue to prosper, saving lives, and ultimately making a difference in the world.