Apple may be working on a new technology that can detect symptoms of depression, anxiety and cognitive decline. As reported by the Wall Street Journal. scientists hope that analyzing data such as mobility, sleep patterns and the way people write can detect behaviors associated with these conditions.
Apple is rumoured to be working with the University of California, the city of Los Angeles and pharmaceutical company Biogen on this project to create an emotional disorder detector.
In order to create the diagnosis, it is expected that facial expression, heart rate and beat analysis will also be performed. All data processing will take place on the device, without any data being sent to Apple's servers.
The University of California, Los Angeles, is studying symptoms such as stress stress, anxiety and depression using Apple Watch and iPhone data, already having 3,000 volunteers for a study that will begin this year. A pilot phase that began in 2020 recorded data from 150 participants.
Apple ensures, after several doubts have arisen regarding the security guarantee of users, that the data collected will not be sent directly to the company,. Apple's solution to get around this situation will be to work with an algorithm that is compatible with the equipment, but that does not collect data.
At the same time, a new research project is in place that could contribute to this Apple project. The tech giant and pharmaceutical company Biogen said last January that they are working on a study to monitor cognitive function and perhaps detect cognitive problems that are less severe but could be likely to develop into Alzheimer's. The companies plan to follow about 20,000 participants, about half of whom are at high risk for cognitive impairment.