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J. NikolaDec 16, 2021
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A computer mouse that detects various health issues and suggests certain actions in accordance with the observed behavior.
People use computers a lot, which can be seen from the fact that 78 percent of adults in the United Kingdom use a computer every day. With the increasing usage of computers in schools and at home, this percentage is planned to go even higher.
Can we use the computer to monitor our health?
The existing examples
Early in 2012, a Californian start-up developed a mouse that can measure blood pressure. The user was required to put the finger inside the socket that came out of the middle part of the mouse. Although it was very precise, it was bulky and inconvenient.
In 2015, scientists managed to find a correlation between mouse movements and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). They states that "MCI was associated with making significantly fewer total mouse moves (P < .01) and making mouse movements that were more variable, less efficient, and with longer pauses between movements (P < .05)".
The 2020 study found evidence for the validity of harnessing anonymized mouse cursor motion as a population-scale tremor sensor for epidemiologic studies. Tremors are a common movement disorder often related to neurodegenerative diseases, alcohol withdrawal, and/or physical overexertion.
A study from the same year managed to find strong clues that a rapid web‐based computer mouse test (Hevelius) could detect and accurately measure ataxia and parkinsonism.
In early 2021 paper, scientists found a correlation between self-reported acute stress and computer mouse movements, specifically in the form of a speed-accuracy trade-off.
What if we created a modern smart mouse with absolutely fantastic design and integrated sensors to monitor:
level of sweating
The mouse would collect data and the dedicated software would be able to find patterns of diseases and disorders such as:
heart rate disorders (as a sign of potential cardiovascular disorders)
help heart attack prevention
detect increased stress by movement tracking and sweat recognition
help diabetics to track glucose levels
detect cognitive impairment
When any of the above mentioned things is detected, user would get a notification to visit the doctor, change the habits, or adapt the lifestyle accordingly. The notifications could be displayed next to the cursor, giving a cursor another function.
What do you think?
What other things could be tracked by mouse activity?
This is a great idea, given that people seem to have their index finger, second finger and thumb on the roughy the same place on the mouse all day, perhaps there is some kind of galvanic measure you could take too