Stanford University Offering 1,000 Apple Watch Units To Researchers to Bolster Healthcare

The Stanford Center for Digital Health has announced a new research program which will offer up to $10,000 and 1,000 units of the Apple Watch to researchers focusing on healthcare.

In order to be eligible for the grant, the researchers will have to incorporate the Apple Watch in their research. There are two ways to do this. One way is to use the notifications to train users and change their behavior. The second option is to make use of the wide array of sensors available on the Apple Watch, including the accelerometer, the heart rate monitor as well as the activity tracker.

The overall data collected from this research will be used by the Center for Digital Health, the release said. Naturally, the user data utilized in this research will be anonymized to protect the participants’ privacy.

Further, developers/researchers will have to use a workflow with push notifications to the Apple Watch or simply use an iOS application with the watchOS app extension.

People have until the 26th of February to submit their application, and the lucky researchers who have won the grant will be notified by March. The $10,000 will be offered to the researchers over a period of one year to cover direct costs of the study, starting April 2017.


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