The customized portable digital technology can help adults with autism to understand and manage their anxiety.
You can reflect on incidents of people control their anxiety support – although thinking newspapers like traditional writing AIDS often abandoned. However, mobile technology could be the solution.
The Lancaster University specialists user interfaces have worked with adults with autism diagnosed personalized wristband device prototype called closure, which allow users to create digital data recording when they feel anxious.
In his article “The anxiety and autism: Towards Personalized Digital Health”, the researchers explain that Lancaster tusk was created by the rapid development of three months.
Snapping enables medium to record data by the lengthening of the bracelet, which is made of natural materials for rapid prototyping. Snap also has an adjustable 3D printing-Pod, the computing unit contains a microcontroller that uses RFDuino compatible with Arduino. This allows users to edit and assemble their own devices by taking advantage of the growing number of community movements and manufacturers of open source software freely.
On the shelves or carry as Fitbit, data can capture such gestures, steps and heart rate, but these devices take this passive information. Matching data records when the holder deliberately interacts with it – so they have diagnosed more control over the collection of information, an important consideration for people with autism.
Researchers found that autism tend to people diagnosed with things in their hands to play when frightened and wanted to digitize this type. The idea of a bracelet came in the workshops of study.
“We wanted to build our own team and we believe that if we have something we can do to scan anyway – play with the lead – so can potentially help manage their anxiety,” said Dr. Will Simm , one of the researchers from the school of science and computer communication at the University of Lancaster. “These are people with information about the empowerment of anxiety for reflection.”
It is important that the fishing can be adaptable to the user, so that they have a greater sense of identification device as a product from the shelf.
For rapid prototyping, the researchers were able to engage adults with autism in the design process, and found that the design process and the ability to adapt was therapeutic volunteers under pressure.
“Our approach has facilitated the understanding and treatment of anxiety supplements interactions and data acquisition,” said Dr. Simms. “The process of designing and building our subscriber spring has an active experiment in fear of a way of speaking to his supporters they said they had never articulated.”
Another important element of the decision because it was worn by participants in the research expressed that the data collected were retained in the device and can be downloaded to a computer without relying on cloud storage.
Previous studies on people with autism have shown the importance of positive life experiences may reflect, in addition to moments of anxiety.
“It is also important that the project involved the construction of States fear not only can not the device as well as information on the vehicle” positive statements are conducted, “Dr. Simms said.
Snap has to bear an additional benefit of signaling workers in the social environment, when the carrier was still anxious – so they can take action.
The researchers are now looking to develop more prototypes, design and refined with additional functions by participants in the study autism as a press necessary button. You will also develop an online platform to help thinking that will work with mobile devices and customizable off-the-shelf.