10 Feb '18, 4am

This Seizure-Detecting Smartwatch Could Save Your Life

Advertisement Editor’s Picks Smartphone Heart Monitor Beats Doctors at Diagnosing Atrial Fibrillation Smart Watch Beats Smartphone in Lifesaving CPR Know Your Wearables Slang U.S. regulators have approved the first piece of consumer tech for a neurological condition: a medical-grade smartwatch that monitors for dangerous seizures and sends an alert to summon a caregiver’s help. The wrist-worn sensor tracks many of the same things as a FitBit or an Apple Watch, but the new device has one important feature that other wearables do not: It also detects surges in skin conductance, an indicator of disturbances in the nervous system that are triggered during an epileptic attack. These spikes in electrical activity originate in the brain, but can be measured noninvasively on the surface of the skin. The Embrace smartwatch records these electrical signals along with 3-axis accelero...

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