Can Smart Watches Get Even Smarter?

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CMU researchers trained smart watches to identify 25 different but similar movements, including washing hands, cutting with scissors and using a computer mouse.

Researcher Chris Harrison says a health-focused app could connect with a tweaked smart watch and track hand washing, coughing or sneezing.

The watches can also detect typing ... which over time can cause strain.

"Your smart watch can monitor how long you're typing and perhaps every hour it prompts you saying hey, why don't you give your fingers a bit of a break."

Harrison says every smart watch has the capability to be tweaked as they did in the study ... so, when the program is perfected, it can be made available in the form of a software update.


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