As the Internet of Things becomes more pervasive, its applications become more useful. The number of accessories connected to the internet grows by the day and some have increased social value compared to others.
Most accessories involve tracking human activities on the go. The aspect is highly relevant in medicine, as big data can be collected and thorough analyses can be the outcome. A Parkinson health sensor may even come up with enough data to establish the disease’s origin.
The largest tech companies already announced kits directed at measuring health indicators. Samsung announced Simband, a wristband collecting various data from the user’s body. Google presented Google Fit, its own software to collect health data. Moreover, Google already introduced recently the idea of a smart contact lens to measure the blood sugar levels. Apple announced HealthKit, an app to gather data from third-party sensors to be featured on the future iOS 8.
Michael J. Fox suffered from Parkinson. The actor has been diagnosed with the disease back in 2000. He then decided to put some personal effort into finding out more about the incurable disease. Around five million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson’s.
Fox runs the Michael J Fox Foundation, an organization aiming to increase the knowledge on Parkinson’s and help patients have better lives. The degenerative neurological disorder usually affects older people. The motor skills functions decrease over time, with symptoms such as uncontrollable movements, coordination problems and gradually reduced intellectual capacity.
Parkinson health sensor may provide info used to adapt medication to each patient
The foundation teamed with an Intel branch to set up an accessory which will record health indicators from the Parkinson patients. The link with Intel has been made through Andy Grove, one of Intel’s first CEOs, as he suffers from Parkinson too.
The wearable device will record the symptoms from Parkinson’s patients and will offer doctors a basis to compare the effects of different medication. The objective data will be highly important as Parkinson’s is not well understood. Scientists believe the disease is a result of genetic and environmental factors.
The Parkinson health sensor will come in the form of a watch. In preliminary tests, researchers gathered about one GB of data per patient per day. Intel assures that all the patients who will use the device will have their privacy protected through encryption, BBC reports. The accessory will go through intensive trials before a potential market release.