How wearables knew this researcher was sick long before he did

“Stanford geneticist Michael Snyder’s research into wearable biosensors has turned into a case study demonstrating the promise of predictive medicine – with Snyder as the star subject,” Alan Boyle reports for GeekWire. “”

“Snyder had himself and 59 other people hooked up with an array of up to seven biosensors that are designed to monitor heart rate, skin temperature, oxygen uptake, body activity and other health metrics,” Boyle reports. “The continuous sensor readings were supplemented by periodic lab tests, focusing on factors ranging from blood chemistry to gene expression. It’s similar to the personalized approach to wellness that’s being pioneered by Seattle-based Arivale. ‘We want to study people at an individual level,’ Snyder explained in a report on the study from the Stanford University School of Medicine.”

“The study, published today in PLOS Biology, shows that it’s possible to associate deviations from a health baseline with environmental conditions, illnesses or other factors that affect a person’s health. Once those deviations are distilled into algorithms, wearable sensors could provide an early warning about conditions ranging from common infections to the early signs of diabetes,” Boyle reports. “Or Lyme disease, as Snyder found out last year when he took a trip to Norway for a family vacation.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The promise is immense. Hopefully, Apple and/or partners are hard at work on, of course, Apple Watch 3, but also things like Apple Watch smart bands that would allow users to add personalized biosensors to their wrist computers. With Apple Watch, the sky’s the limit!


  1. I said it the day the Watch was introduced – these things will do the following:

    Watch – “Are you doing something physically out of the ordinary today”

    User – “No”

    Watch – “Go directly to the emergency room, you’re going to have a heart attack”

    User – “Oh sh!t.”

          1. Applecynic can understand Grammar perfectly well, even though she speaks in a croak and has a north country accent. It’s Grampa that mumbles something awful.

          2. You’re right! I don’t understand why I need to have a hexacore MacPro to do what the Mac mini ought to do.

            I really did replace my Mac mini with one. The mini became what an ATV ought to have been.

            My problem? “Think Different!”

  2. Looking into my crystal ball…

    -One day, wearables from multiple companies will help with the early diagnosis or disease.

    -Apple will claim they are all slavish copies of their invention (Stanford geneticist be damned), in fact, they own the disease and only their devices are authorized to releave or cure (depending on price).

  3. Very fascinating article. It seems every day there are breakthroughs in disease detection and prevention. A few weeks ago news outlets published a story about a new device that can detect 17 different diseases, including cancer via breath.

    Overtime, devices like this will be shrunk down and included into smartphones and/or smart watches.

    The quicker medical wearables and other devices are approved by regulatory agencies, the better. Early detection will decrease the total cost of treatment and health insurance.

    Countries that don’t delay the implementation of these technologies will have a competitive advantage over other countries because their citizens will be healthier and happier. This will increase productivity. Citizens will also have additional time and money to spend on fun.

    1. K-Khan, yes…basic/fundamental decisions/actions that are linked to health that the INDIVIDUAL controls. I changed car insurance recently and quickly received a plug-in device to monitor my driving habits that are wirelessly transmitted to the company. My driving habits could enable a discount to the base rate. Though I’m a privacy nut (smart imo), this sort of corporate action should/could be brought into the healthcare realm. To change the ACA moniker to truly represent “affordable,” while covering all Americans, those regularly donut grazing, smoking, and otherwise living with poor health habits need to be called to account. I’m not putting these people into the same realm as those with conditions out of their own control…truly pre-existing.
      With all that said, as much as it makes me shiver, a wearable health monitor maybe a practical/financial necessity?

  4. ..and these are nascent times for this category. Apple is a pioneer and the tech, the miniaturization will continue to advance the same way the iPhone has. And all of this know how will be invaluable to the rest of the Apple products and people’s lives.
    A very worthy product and needs and deserves all the support it can.
    I’m finally getting version 3 whenever units released.

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