9/23/2021 9:33:46 AM
Apple is looking at ways for iPhones to detect autism in children. According to a report by the Wall Street Newspaper, the company is researching ways of using an iPhone’s camera for early detection of the disease. The report, based on people and documents familiar with the work, states that “Apple has a third brain research partnership with Duke University that has not been announced,” adding that the company plans to develop an algorithm to detect autism in children.
The report found that, according to documents, the research is aimed at using the iPhone’s camera to observe how young children concentrate, including metrics on how often they rock back and forth.
It is suggested that the technology will be able to track a child’s face and observe various facial behaviors of the child to identify the early stages of the disease. This could include tracking the number of times the child looks the other way and similar behaviors.
The report also says the research is fueling Apple’s previous efforts to roll out the feature.
An American biotech company, Biogen, had previously announced that it would be working with Apple for a similar attempt. It was about finding ways to use iPhones and Apple Watch to identify potential signs of depression and cognitive decline in users.
However, it is also advised that these efforts that could enable Apple disease detection products may not be available as user functionality. However, the research is still in the early stages and chances are good that Apple could reach its potential.
As a reminder, Apple should be introducing the ability to track blood pressure, alcohol levels, and even sugar levels through the Apple Watch beforehand. While this should be introduced with the Watch Series 7, these features could be introduced in future Apple Watches.
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