Watch app developer won’t sleep until vets with PTSD can

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Patrick Skluzacek, an Iraq war veteran who suffers from PTSD, shows off the app that is helping him sleep. It was developed by his son.
Patrick Skluzacek, an Iraq war veteran who suffers from PTSD, shows off the app that is helping him sleep. It was developed by his son.
Photo: Patrick Skluzacek

Army Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Skluzacek was taking heavy fire from a relentless enemy.

He shot back with everything he had – counseling, psychiatric drugs and lots of alcohol – but felt defenseless against the post-traumatic stress disorder that followed him home to Minnesota.

He lost friends, jobs, and his marriage. But Skluzacek is reclaiming his life for the first time in the eight years since he returned from Iraq.

This is thanks to a surprise ally in his son Tyler and the weapon he invented for his father – a smartwatch app that helps him sleep.

NASA needs a smartwatch app for its astronauts

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ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti worked with iPad during a recent mission on the International Space Station. NASA wants astronauts to start using smartwatches for some of their tasks.
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti worked with iPad during a recent mission on the International Space Station. NASA wants astronauts to start using smartwatches for some of their tasks.
Photo: NASA

There’s a smartwatch app for almost everything, but very few are useful to the men and women who work in microgravity.

So NASA is asking the pubic to design a smartwatch app for its astronauts to do everything from keeping them organized during science experiments to alerting them to space debris approaching.