Can smartwatch detect epileptic seizures?

February 22, 2015 11:00 AM

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It looks like a watch and tells time like a watch, but the creators of Embrace say their new invention is so much more than that. The device comes from Empatica, a computing company focused on human data analytics and that prides itself on its ability to monitor epileptic seizures. Empatica's latest feat was stumbled upon almost completely by accident.

Dr. Rosalind Picard, the company's chief scientist, was studying stress levels in non-verbal autistic children by measuring electrodermal activity (EDA). New York University Langone Medical Center's Dr. Daniel Friedman said EDA is the "flow if ions through the sweat glands," which is innervated by t...

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