A newly FDA-cleared smartwatch is part of a growing field of technologies aimed at detecting and even predicting seizures. The watch, called Embrace, detects the movements and electrical pulses in the skin associated with seizures for many people. When it suspects a seizure, it sends an alert to a caregiver’s cell phone, along with GPS data so the wearer can easily be found. It also stores data and analyzes sleep and activity patterns, which could help patients and their doctors better understand when and why a seizure might happen on any given day. The watch was cleared for adults by the FDA early last year; now it’s been cleared for children too.
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