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While working on developing sensors to measure stress, Rosalind Picard and a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) made a startling discovery. They found that when monitoring skin for electrical changes activated deep in the brain, the signals proved effective at detecting potentially fatal seizures.
The findings open the door to wearable monitoring devices that, among other things, could reduce deaths among people with epilepsy. “Wearables are going to be much bigger than anyone imagined,” says Prof Picard, founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab.