Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who’s the shakiest of them all?
Potentially interesting tech being developed in Adelaide, Australia…a mirror that can assess the severity of symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease in the home.
The mirror, called Lookinglass, has a display that is visible through the mirror, which asks the user to complete a set of evaluation exercises based on standardized tests used to assess Parkinson’s Disease severity. The key technology is the camera vision system that uses AI to track movement and provides an automated assessment that is then shared with health professionals.
It’s a little creepy to think that your bathroom mirror is not only watching you, but also evaluating you…
The idea is that this could be potentially useful for regular testing of patients who live alone or in more remote areas. I could see where this might be useful in assisted living facilities to provide more frequent evaluation between formal medical assessments.
The developer hopes to have an advanced prototype ready for next January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
More information from a local news article: http://theleadsouthaustralia.com.au/industries/health/ai-mirror-monitors-alzheimers-and-parkinsons/
Eventually, I’d also expect to see info on the company website: http://lookinglass.co
Update: April 8, 2019
According to a press release from the University of South Australia, Lookinglass, a startup based at the university’s Innovation & Collaboration Centre has today released an artificial intelligence (AI) web app that can detect early-stage Parkinson’s disease.
Users simply upload a video recording and while it uploads, the computer vision system simultaneously uses AI to track movement and compares it with known Parkinson’s symptoms.
Lookinglass made headlines in February, with the announcement of its upcoming smart mirror. The mirror acts as an extension of the app, which simplifies the assessment process for occupational therapists.
The software will be integrated with the smart mirror as a real-time video-based diagnostic tool, designed for ongoing interaction in the home and the monitoring of symptoms over time.
The mirror and software evaluate a person in two ways, passively and actively. The passive way observes patients as they go about their normal routines, evaluating tremors and movement. The active way includes interactive games/activities that the patient participates in by following a pointer on the mirror.
Newly appointed CEO Kelly Carpenter says the app comes as a welcome improvement to current telehealth technologies, especially for occupational therapists working with patients in remote areas.
“The problem for occupational therapists is in the ability to remotely assess patient movement using manual technology,” she says.
“Our solution removes the manual effort for diagnosis and reduces error caused by ineffective communication technologies.”
More information is also available at the company’s website: https://lookinglass.co