• Apple Announces ResearchKit to Let iPhone Users Assist in Medical Research

    Apple on Monday announced a new feature for iOS called ResearchKit, which is a new API that will allow application developers to create applications for helping medical research expand and help more people who suffer with hard-to-treat diseases.

    Apple has worked with a large number of top-notch universities and research facilities to create ResearchKit so that they can obtain data from consumers that are willing to provide information on a disease based on their own actions. All consumers have the option to choose what applications can have access to this data and Apple promises complete privacy in that Apple will never see your personal information.

    ResearchKit can help with diseases like Asthma, Parkinson's Disease, and even Breast Cancer. Consumers with these diseases can contribute to medical research right from their iPhone without needing to visit the doctor's office and without needing to leave the comfort of their own home. This aims to give those that are shy a way to help contribute to the community anonymously.

    ResearchKit uses all of the sensors of the iPhone, such as the accelerometer, the gyroscope, the microphone, the touch screen, and more to help measure a user's performance, which can be used to help in medical research. Some examples include voice fluctuations, tapping speed and accuracy, and even the ability to balance themselves.

    Apple also notes that ResearchKit is open source, which allows developers to really make some stunning applications. ResearchKit will begin rolling out today with new applications in the iOS App Store.

    Stay tuned as we continue to keep you updated on Apple's 'Spring Forward' event!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Announces ResearchKit to Let iPhone Users Assist in Medical Research started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
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