Imagine having a child with an autism spectrum disorder who has regular meltdowns from anxiety, and no way to see it coming.
A Vancouver company might be able to help.
They’re producing a wearable device called Reveal that may help parents measure and record anxiety in their kids, something spokesperson Katie Verigin says is badly needed.
“Anxiety measurement in the autism field is actually something that’s totally not tapped into and something that’s very needed. It’s not a sort of ‘nice to have’ feature, they’re dealing with them on a daily basis, it’s a ‘need to have,’ and could actually make a huge difference. “
Verigin says the device looks like a watch or fitness tracker, and measures key anxiety cues then sends the information to a smartphone.
“Reveal measures the three leading physiological indicators of anxiety which are skin temperature, sweat and heart rate and it’ll sync to an application on your mobile phone that will tell a user or caregiver when anxiety levels are elevated.”
The company launched a crowdfunding campaign today and hopes to have the Reveal device in the hands of users within a year.