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May 02, 2009

Call from system: Chill !



Mobile phones tend to be personal devices and Intel plans to take that further - a lot further.

Researchers Margaret Morris and Farzin Guilak are developing “mobile therapy” – a system of just-in-time personal coaching, by the system, that is triggered by physiological indicators of stress.

Mobile Heart Health, as it’s called, uses body sensors to help people “tune in to early signs of stress, and modulate reactivity that could potentially damage their relationships”. Breathing visualizations and “cognitive reappraisal cues” appear on your cell phone when a wireless ECG detects deviations from your baseline heart rate variability.

The only flaws I can see in this otherwise elegant project are first, that'll I'll be tempted to use my handset as a club on someone when it starts flashing cognitive reappraisal cues at me like that.

And second, my heart will literally explode the first time a cellphone tells me to calm down.

Posted by John Thackara at May 2, 2009 04:52 PM


Throw the diagnosis and warnings away. We should be allowed to create our own stories about our own lives in our own way. Empower the user...: http://affectivehealth.blogspot.com/search/label/design%20decisions

Posted by: Elsa Kosmack Vaara at May 9, 2009 10:21 PM

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