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Every year worldwide, more than 50,000 otherwise healthy people with epilepsy suddenly die — a condition known as SUDEP. These deaths may be largely preventable, says AI researcher Rosalind Picard. Learn how Picard helped develop a cutting-edge smartwatch that can detect epileptic seizures before they occur and alert nearby loved ones in time to help.

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27 Comments on An AI smartwatch that detects seizures | Rosalind Picard

  1. My current Galaxy watch 4 doesn’t even have an accurate heartbeat sensor and at this point I only use it for time, so good luck. Im excited to see watches take off in the upcoming years.

  2. Jackson Chen // 24th April 2019 at 6:18 pm // Reply

    Galaxy watch 4: doesn’t even have a accurate heart rate sensor
    Apple Watch series 4: can do ECG
    *This video*

  3. Link to the watch / news about the watch???

  4. Harish Vishwakarma // 24th April 2019 at 6:24 pm // Reply

    Hi Rosalind, very good use of technology. I wish you keep working in medical use of technology and take to everyone who needs it.

  5. When are we going to have a SMARTWATCH that can give me CPR?

  6. wow, very interesting!

  7. it’s more common now because of contaminated food and water supplies, pesticides, chemicals, modification deficiencies

  8. Life saving advanced medical technology


  9. We got this watch for my older mom who lives in another state and it alerts me each time it goes off. So far its been a false alarm each time because she was pushing a grocery cart over a bumpy parking lot or brushing her teeth with an electric toothbrush or something like that. It hasn’t caught any of her smaller seizures where she wasn’t convulsing because it was still all just in her brain. I’ve called to talk to her and noticed something off and turned out they were small seizures.

    When it does go off it vibrates so that if it is a false alarm the user can tap it and hold the display to signal they are ok. She can’t feel the vibration very well so we have a lot of minor scares when we don’t hear from her right away. We’ve had to cancel emergency services before. Still, this watch has helped give my family a lot more peace of mind. Just wish it was a little easier to use with an actual display instead of the dots (which confuse her) and that it wouldn’t run down her phone battery quite so much since it requires bluetooth to a smart phone to work. I know someday it won’t be a false alarm so we keep treating each time like its the real deal.

  10. Gabriella Patricola // 24th April 2019 at 7:41 pm // Reply

    This research is consistent with research in the laboratory, but it allows us to see more thoroughly its applications in real life more than it would in a controlled laboratory context.

  11. This is an extraordinary use of technology, and could be extremely beneficial to the people who are epileptic in the general public.

  12. Mohammed Shafei // 24th April 2019 at 9:43 pm // Reply

    Nice research. Sad use of AI buzz word.

  13. JellyfishJelly // 24th April 2019 at 9:43 pm // Reply

    Wait, what’s the AI’s role? Are you collecting skin conductance data from everyone and using it to improve the detection rate?

    • bricksheffield // 24th April 2019 at 9:58 pm // Reply

      the AI is so that no one has to watch over the data all the time.

    • JellyfishJelly // 24th April 2019 at 11:03 pm // Reply

      +bricksheffield Well the peaks are gigantic, there would be no problem detecting those even with analog comparator. They may be trying to colect different data like movement / heartrate alongside the conductance, and trying to teach the AI to detect seizure from those signals instead, so any regular fittracker could be used.

  14. Damian Furrer // 24th April 2019 at 10:24 pm // Reply

    Interesting, especially for someone who only has very rare seizures. Very rare Seizures are hard to medically prevent, but also do not seem to justify a very cautioned life style.

  15. Boaty Mc Boatface // 24th April 2019 at 10:31 pm // Reply

    After losing consciousness and having a convulsing seizure in elementary school, I was diagnosed as epileptic and put on medicine. I stopped taking the meds after a while, and never had a seizure again. I’m almost 30, still never had one since. That wasn’t my first seizure, though. My mom believes I had one as a baby where I completely zoned out and got in a trance. I really want to be able to study my own brain to figure out why I had the second one.

  16. Palaniandy Sundarason // 24th April 2019 at 10:45 pm // Reply

    Congratulations and interesting. ..
    AI smartwatches will be a good assets in future

  17. Oof I’ll need one.

  18. Hillary should get one of those.

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