Healthcare AI Will Survive Its Hype Cycle
October 18, 2017
Not long ago, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty took the stage…
Wearables 2.0: It’s All About the Data
September 27, 2017
You may have heard the rumblings of the…
The Next Wave of Technology Adoption in Healthcare: Brigham Kicks It Off with Redox
September 13, 2017
For those of you following our journey these past few years, you might be wondering how the…
The Internet Already Knows Everything About You (Apple Watch and Aetna Rumors)
August 16, 2017
CNBC drops a rumor about Aetna providing Apple Watches to their members… the internet responds, some in favor of…
What comes after FHIR?
August 15, 2017
What Comes After FHIR? Redox is live with an actual FHIR integration.
Health Insurance Companies are Evil, and Other Things People Believe
August 10, 2017
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70+ Companies Driving the Future of Healthcare Technology
July 27, 2017
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The Rise of Healthcare APIs
June 23, 2017
APIs have been the preferred means of information exchange by developers for some time now. They allow querying…
“Cell”ular Computing: Reprogramming Human Nature
June 8, 2017
Nature is the best innovator; however, sometimes innovations such as disease and sickness…
The Health-Aware Home is Better than the Smart Home
June 1, 2017
Innovations in the home have revolved around making a “smart-home”, which can be controlled from…
Couples Counseling – Coming to a Wrist Near You
May 25, 2017
When X and Y don’t get along, sometimes they need Z to intervene. That’s one simplified explanation of couple’s therapy—when a couple can’t come to an understanding together, they utilize a third party to help uncover and mediate the problem.
Apparently, a human isn’t the only one for the job now.
Wearables, a new tool for the Couple’s Counselor
A team of researchers at USC are running a study to uncover the biometric signals that lead up to a conflict between couples. By outfitting couples with special wearable sensors and smartphones to collect data, they can gain insight into what lies beneath the surface during the conflict.
It’s interesting to see them attack a huge and age-old problem in a new way, especially since no one likes to see domestic disputes get out of hand. We can all agree that couples don’t just wake up one day and hate each other, it’s usually a culmination of events - a snowball effect.
By tracking body temperature, heart activity, and sweat – three physiological indicators that signal changes in mood, affect, and emotion – Wearable Counselors are looking to melt that snowball before it starts gaining speed.
They can line this data up against conversations to match internal cues with external reactions, thus learning if someone’s blood actually boils before they get angry.
They haven’t gone out of their way to induce arguments since that would be unethical, but they have been able to record a lot of data because what couple doesn’t have troubles now and then?
So far, their machine-learning algorithm has been able to capture episodes of conflict with 86% accuracy.