Current thinking on smart watches August 25, 2016
There are an unfortunately high percentage of people with autism spectrum
disabilities who also inherited tendencies for seizures, irregular heart
rhythm (either tachycardia or bradycardia - so far, no one with both heart
problems) and the poorly defined and not well understood condition
described as overheating.
Recent findings communicated to us in manuscript indicate that for SOME
sufferers - perhaps many - there are warning signs. In particular, if heart 
rate begins to change, body temperature starts to rise, or blood pressure
increases, a seizure or other incident may be imminent. Whether sitting or
lying down, putting on a cool wrap, or sipping some water will help remains
to be seen. It is likely that both warning signs and treatments will vary with
the individual. Even though there are dozens of genes potentially involved
we are hoping to eventually discover simplifying groups.
For those purposes we currently prefer a smart watch that embeds sensors
for body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate. Given the high rate of
diabetes, we believe an additional sensor for blood glucose would be very
useful. We currently have no (zero) need for an on-wrist display. We
would be strongly inclined toward a device that can communicate directly
with a server or hub as opposed to a smart phone.
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