In Singapore, scientists at Nanyang Technological University have invented a fitness tracker to detect depression, according to the institution’s website. The fitness tracker works using the Ycogni program, which analyzes the user’s vital activity: activity, sleep quality, circadian rhythms, heart rate and many other parameters. Based on them, the device determines the risk of a mental disorder with an accuracy of up to 80%.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 260 million people worldwide experience depression. Every year, about 800 thousand people die because of it, especially adolescents and young people aged 15 to 29 years old are susceptible to the disease.