What if your phone could send you a text message if it senses you’re becoming depressed and urge you to get out and do things to improve your mood?
Northwestern University researchers are developing such a smartphone, The technology involves determining the user’s state of mind by tracking his or her whereabouts, a researcher told CBS radio affiliate WBBM in Chicago.
The phone would be able to sense whether a person is staying at home for a lengthy period, according to psychologist David Mohr, who has been adapting phones as “virtual therapists” for depression patients.
“It can provide them an automated text message, or an automated phone call to make a suggestion to give somebody a call or get out of the house,” Mohr told CBS.
The conditions of eight depression patients were improved “significantly” after getting the alerts, Mohr said. Wider tests are planned this summer