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Apple Watch may recognize panic attacks and drowning risks in the future

Apple Watch may recognize panic attacks and drowning risks in the future

The next Apple Watch it could be a tool more and more complete for monitoring the health: in addition to the rumored possibility of measuring oxygen and sleep quality, they have sprung up in the last few hours two new hypotheses. One is simply a rumor, according to which Apple Watch 6 may be able to recognize the onset of panic attacks.

The other oneinstead, it is more than just a voice: speculation remains, but it is founded on a patent filed by Apple with the USPTO, and has to do with the ability of Apple Watch to detect a possible drowning and then ask for help. More than Apple Watch, Baywatch.

Seriously the document, classified as "US Patent No 10,617,358", describes one technology which would allow the device to take over in a rather detailed way the type of liquid with which it comes into contact, and then crosses these data with those collected by other sensors, to determine the scenario in which the user is located.

For example Apple Watch would be able to distinguish the quantity and type of water (sweet or savory) with which the user has to deal, in order to discern between a trivial shower and a swim in the sea. In addition to complying with different routines – activating certain functions in the first case, and perhaps others dedicated to swimming in the other -, if it detects a potentially dangerous situation, before launching the SOS, it could check the presence of any scuba dives in the calendar, in order to assess the actual nature of the threat.

If the answer is yes, then through a sensor of geolocation could forward an alarm to emergency relief, including also the user location. Finally, mention is also made of the (very futuristic) possibility of analyzing the liquid to which it is exposed, and identifying any risk factors, such as harmful bio-substances or pathogens.

For some potential it seems more plausible to imagine an inclusion in the next generations of Apple Watch, while for others the horizon appears further away. The patent moreover does not go into detail the functioning of the technology, limiting itself to illustrating some possible applications. At the moment, therefore, it seems to belong to that category of patents that serve to cover a certain area of ​​action, if in the future the technologies made it possible to implement the described functions on a large scale.

The most interesting aspect, perhaps, is the presupposition of all this range of options: namely greater resistance to water.

Therefore, as always, the patent rule applies: it is said that we will never see one of these functions on Apple Watch.

Then there are the rumors about the possibility of recognizing the panic attacks and to anticipate them, a feature that would be made possible by a pulse oximeter to measure blood oxygen levels. It is basically a hypothetical expansion of the monitoring of the stress state of theuser, which could be warned in advance of the onset of a panic attack, and at that point the device may also provide it with directions and of the breathing exercises to prevent it. Always according to rumors, by manually entering their symptoms the user would be able to increase the accuracy of the detections. And over time, Apple Watch, by collecting an ever larger sample of data, should become more efficient and accurate.