The MIT Technology Review reports on a health monitoring watch released by Verily,a health-based subsidiary of Google. The “Study Watch” is designed exclusively for applications in medical research. Although the face displays only the date and time, the device will collect the biometric information of study participants, including “heart rate, electrocardiograms, movement data, as well as a measure of the electrical conductance of the skin.”
The introduction of this product marks a new advancement in medical studies, because it will enable researchers to consistently collect data of many individuals in order to monitor patterns in their health. The article specifically cites the use of the “Study Watch” in Verily’s “Baseline” study in which the watch will monitor the biometrics of 10,000 to 20,000 healthy individuals. Additionally, the watch will be used in the Personalized Parkinson’s Project that will track the progression of the disease in individuals in the Netherlands.
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