UCLA explores using Apple Watch, iPhone to diagnose depression

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UCLA doctors are looking into new tools for diagnosing depression.
An iPhone and an Apple Watch could be important tools for diagnosing depression.
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UCLA launched a new study on Tuesday, sponsored by and in collaboration with Apple, designed to help revolutionize detection and treatment of depression.

It’ll follow the daily routines of Apple Watch and iPhone users, and examine the relationship between this data and symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Sweet dreams: Apple might make its own sleep-tracking mattress and blanket

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With its new Apple Watch feature, Apple is getting deeper into sleep tracking.
Coming soon to a bedroom near you?
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The iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and … Apple Blanket and iMattress? That might not sound like the next logical step for Cupertino, but an Apple patent application published Thursday describes a blanket, mattress and, err, camera setup that would monitor users’ vital signs as they catch forty winks.

In addition to sleep-tracking, this could measure users’ movements during sleep, their heart rate, and their body and room temperatures during the night. It could then heat up or cool down accordingly.

MIA at Apple event: Tracking tags, reverse charging and more

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Sadly, your AirPods can’t charge off your iPhone 11.
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Apple’s press event today included the iPhone 11 series as well as updated iPad and Apple Watch versions. However, some rumored devices, features and accessories failed to materialize.

Most notably, the company didn’t announce a line of item-tracking tags, and the latest iPhones can’t wirelessly charge other devices. And there are other predictions that didn’t come true.

Withings sleep tracking mat now detects signs of sleep apnea

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Do you suffer from breathing disturbances during the night?
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Do you feel tired every day, despite getting plenty of sleep at night? You may be suffering from sleep apnea, a disorder that affects 22 million people in the U.S. — most of whom have no idea they have it. Sleep apnea occurs even in younger individuals. This is not to be confused with other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, insomnia, or extreme sleepiness during daytime which can be treated with Modafinil (which you can get on https://buy-modafinil-online.org). Sleep apnea can often times be very difficult to diagnose. But Withings hopes to change that.

The company’s popular sleep tracking mat now detects breathing disturbances, a symptom of sleep apnea. It also offers educational content to help you recognize the signs of the condition.

Apple developing its own sleep-tracking tech for Apple Watch

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Your Apple Watch could soon track the number of Zs you catch each night.
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Apple Watch could soon add sleep-tracking tech that makes it an even more capable health monitor.

Apple has been testing the new sleep-tracking technology at secret sites around Cupertino, a new report claims. And if it lives up to its promise, it could ship as part of the Apple Watch by 2020.

Understand your sleep patterns with Pillow [50 Essential iOS Apps #35]

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Pillow users your Apple Watch or iPhone for sleep tracking and reporting your sleep quality.
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50 Essential iOS Apps: pillow sleep tracker appDo you ever wake up feeling exhausted, even though you are sure you slept well the night before? Or do you find yourself getting that 2:30 feeling a few hours early without any clear explanation? With the Pillow sleep app for iPhone and Apple Watch, you can get detailed analysis of your nightly slumber. Even better, you can gain insight into your body’s ideal sleep and wake times.

The Tao WellShell Measures Your Isometric Fitness Strength, With Your iPhone’s Help [Kickstarter]

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The sleek lines of the just-redesigned Tao WellShell.

The Tao WellShell is probably unlike any iOS-connected fitness device you’ve ever encountered. It doesn’t simply track steps, or heart rate, or weight, or any of the other standard metrics tracked in dozens of other connected fitness devices. Instead, this little guy actually acts as the fitness device itself, rather than simply a tracker (though it does indeed also track heart rate, steps and sleep patterns).