Technology should always tend to make our daily life easier, to improve our quality of life. And without a doubt, health is one of the most sensitive items. That is why commonly the greatest efforts in the development and application of new technologies take place in this area, which even have the support and active participation of the main technology companies. The functions of the Apple Watch are an example of this.
“Parkinson’s disease” is a chronic neurodegenerative disease characterized by tremors… The next Apple Watch could detect them.
It is that Apple has a product deliberately oriented towards health: the Apple Watch. Which, through successive updates, has obtained various measurement tools that also allow it to advise the user on a day-to-day basis in order to improve their habits.
The news now is that Apple has registered a new patent. This is a new utility (by means of new sensors?) that could bring the next smart watch in the house, which would have the objective of helping doctors to control the symptoms of patients with Parkinson’s.
“Parkinson’s disease” is a chronic neurodegenerative disease characterized by slow movements, body rigidity, tremors and loss of postural control. And according to the patent filed by Apple, “There are an estimated 600,000 to 1 million cases of Parkinson’s disease in the United States, and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year… PD symptoms include… tremor and dyskinesia. Dyskinesia is an uncontrollable, involuntary movement that can resemble twitching, twitching, rocking, or jerking.
“A patient’s quality of life is highly dependent on how accurately physicians titrate and schedule the patient’s medications to minimize the patient’s symptoms. This is a challenge for doctors because each patient has a different combination of symptoms that can change and become more severe over time,” Apple adds in its proposal.
The new Apple Watch patent aims to improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s patients…
Apparently, the new feature uses motion sensors to monitor the user’s movement and analyzes data collected using the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Scale (UPDRS). According to Apple, this improves the quality of life of patients with this disease, since they will be able to “delegate” certain controls to the device and plan their activities according to certain certain patterns.
Will these new Apple Watch features be exclusive to the new model or will they reach everyone? And to the iPhone?