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Israelis develops app that detects ADHD


Researchers at IBM Research in Haifa develop app that can help identify those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms; smartphones, smartwatches or activity bands can be used to analyze person’s movements.

Israeli researchers have developed a prototype of an app that can detect attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms by monitoring and analyzing hand movements.

Users could self-diagnose ADHD using a smartphone, a smartwatch or an activity band.

According to researchers at the at IBM Research Center in Haifa, people with ADHD have motor characteristics which separate them from the rest of the population.

Thus, the subject is asked to draw an imaginary rectangle on the wall 10 times, while motion sensors in the smartphone, smartwatch, or activity band, monitor his movements.

The data collected is analyzed by computer software, allowing to identify those people who have difficulty maintaining continuous motor activity.


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