Apple Developing App to Detect if iPhone Users Are Depressed

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Apple is developing a system aimed at enabling smartphones to judge whether their users are depressed based on typing habits, sleep patterns, and a panoply of additional characteristics and habits, according to a new report.

Pharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) are spearheading the project according to the unnamed sources and documents related to the project described by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

Researchers, who have codenamed the effort “Seabreeze” at UCLA and “Pi” at Biogen, are looking to enable multiple Apple products to make the determination, including the company’s watch product and its iPhone, by assessing users with the camera, audio sensors, and their typing
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