The Apple Vision Pro could be used to identify and treat mental health issues
Besides productivity and entertainment purposes, the Apple Vision Pro could be used for another specialised purpose: mental health.
Sources with direct knowledge of the matter told The Information that Apple employees have considered using the Vision Pro "as a way to diagnose and treat mental health issues".
This is possible through the use of the cameras and sensors on the Apple Vision Pro, which can pick up signs of depression, anxiety, stress or post-traumatic stress disorder from the wearer's facial expression.
The advanced eye-tracking technology can also be used to "detect pupil dilation", which might provide clues to the wearer's mood. In addition, the infrared cameras can monitor swelling in the blood vessels of the eyes, which is a tell-tale sign of heart failure.
Once these signs are picked up, the Apple Vision Pro could "display images and sounds that might improve the wearer's emotions".
Other health-related features being considered are tracking weight fluctuations and screening for other diseases such as Parkinson's disease.
It is actually not surprising to see Apple exploring health-related features for the Vision Pro. Over the past few years, the Apple Watch has transformed into a personal health device. It can take ECG readings, detect A-Fib and falls, track heart rates 24/7 and notify you if the heart rate is lower/higher than usual or irregular.
With the Vision Pro having so many built-in sensors and advanced technologies, medical features are plausible.However, medical features in consumer devices have to undergo strict regulatory and legal assessments. So as exciting as these developments might sound, the Information cautions that these health features might not see the light of the day.
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