An AI smartwatch that detects seizures | Rosalind Picard

  • Published on Apr 24, 2019
  • Every year worldwide, more than 50,000 otherwise healthy people with epilepsy suddenly die -- a condition known as SUDEP. These deaths may be largely preventable, says AI researcher Rosalind Picard. Learn how Picard helped develop a cutting-edge smartwatch that can detect epileptic seizures as they occur and alert nearby loved ones in time to help.
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Comments • 127

  • singciel
    singciel 14 days ago

    I have temporal lobe epilepsy and have one of these embrace watches. As I usually have focal seizures without convulsions that don't threaten my life, the watch doesn't respond to those. But I've had a few generalized convulsive episodes where I've gone into cyanosis and needed help. This watch got my family to me in one of those situations (the only one that's occurred after I got it). I've had far more false alarms, sure, but I'll take that over no alarms at all. Thank you Ms. Picard and Empatica. Let's keep working to manage epilepsy.

  • Jaime Lyn
    Jaime Lyn 2 months ago +2

    I just want to say thank you. When I was in my early 20's I struggled with epilepsy. After many doctors and medications I somehow became seizure free for 10yrs and was able to stop taking medication. About 8 months ago the seizures started again. I was devastated. It seemed that in the course of 10yrs nothing had changed as far as understanding, curing or detecting. The seizures I experience now come on much quicker and more suddenly than before. I'm only recently learning to accept my epilepsy. I'm learning how to let go of the fear. The creation of this AI smartwatch has given me hope. The knowledge that people like you are looking for ways to improve our lives (not just people with epilepsy but our loved ones as well) and possibly save them.... words cannot describe the feeling.. I can only say thank you.

  • james toland
    james toland 3 months ago

    Did anyone else catch that this basically started with a lie detector being played with

  • Mr. Derek Gets it!
    Mr. Derek Gets it! 4 months ago

    THE COLUMBINE SHOOTERS MOM GETS A CLIP. That loser should be jailed! No comments allowed so I'll leave a comment on every video! DO NOT CELEBRATE LOSER PARENTS THAT STOOD IN THE WAY OF HELP, when parents are responsible for their kids actions then we will see less death! SICKENING TO APPLAUD COLUMBINES SHOOTERS MOM SHAME,

  • Itsnot mine
    Itsnot mine 4 months ago

    How about putting like a speaker or vibrator on the watch?

  • Brutal Truth
    Brutal Truth 4 months ago

    If the Seizures don't KILL you. The Watch⌚🛰will☢🧠☢🔥🤯🔥⚰

  • Brutal Truth
    Brutal Truth 4 months ago


  • Brutal Truth
    Brutal Truth 4 months ago

    No. That kid was Murderer by Vaccinations from Doctor's that Invented the Device you're Selling. ALL VACCINE DEATHS.

  • Brutal Truth
    Brutal Truth 4 months ago

    Did the Doctor give that Child VACCINATIONS???

  • Music Remix
    Music Remix 4 months ago +2

    Well done🔝👍So good idea😍🔝

  • Taav Jorden
    Taav Jorden 5 months ago

    No introduction of educational credentials; no probability stat discussion! All after lost to toastmasters.

    • Taav Jorden
      Taav Jorden 4 months ago

      @Destiny B might be true; not presented was it. Yes! I did watch the whole thing 36 hrs ago.

    • Destiny B
      Destiny B 4 months ago

      She's presenting an amazing medical device that saves lives every day, including mine. It's FDA approved in the USA.

  • Shastina
    Shastina 5 months ago

    Awesome discovery but if cell phones emit radiation wont smart watches do the same?

    • Brutal Truth
      Brutal Truth 4 months ago

      Don't get any VACCINES

    • Destiny B
      Destiny B 4 months ago

      I've had mine for over a year now and haven't had any problems with that. So idk. -shrug-

  • FireWork
    FireWork 5 months ago +1

    this is brilliant but why is it called AI? Could we get an elaboration on that part somewhere because this doesn't sound like artificial intelligence

  • Iris Hargrave
    Iris Hargrave 5 months ago

    I cried at the end T_T

  • sweety adwani
    sweety adwani 5 months ago

    Where can I buy this watch??

  • Strakos0
    Strakos0 5 months ago +1

    Take it one step further, and you got a perfectly clean murder control.
    Technology of transhumanism is here and those who will agree to, will lend their lives up to AI - Lucifer alone.
    The technology will take total control of your body, and so of your mind and soul.
    What a great deception ... that prophets and Jesus Christ, the Son of God, spoked about...
    _Time_ is here...

  • SGS Tution
    SGS Tution 5 months ago +1


  • Prof. R W Picard
    Prof. R W Picard 5 months ago +9

    Hi- Thanks, TED, and to all who help share our work at MIT (and Children's Hospital Boston, and Empatica, and also many other wonderful medical partners). Together we can help stop the wrongful stigmatizing of epilepsy and make sure everybody learns how to reduce the risk of SUDEP. For those who are asking about the watch running AI (machine learning) and now cleared by FDA for monitoring grand mal seizures, it is available from .

    • Oda Mae
      Oda Mae 4 months ago +1

      @Brutal Truth and if you are going to be a genius, you may want to know how to spell it

    • Oda Mae
      Oda Mae 4 months ago

      @Brutal Truth please, give me a break...mine is genetic as my paternal grandmother had the exact condition, and I believe her grandmother had it as well, but was put away due to the mis/undereducated medical community back in those days.

    • Brutal Truth
      Brutal Truth 4 months ago

      IT'S THE VACCINES THAT CAUSED THESE ISSUES. I would like you to be the Genious that Exposes this More. IT'S THE VACCINES PEOPLE

    • Oda Mae
      Oda Mae 4 months ago +1

      I have known about this watch, and I have been trying to figure out if insurance will help pay for it. Do you know or have any advice? I'm 41 w/JME since age 20, and still have epileptic activity on EEG, with medication. It seems I have nocturnal seizures now, after I had status epilepticus in 2011. I am scared bc I do primarily live by myself. Thank you :)

  • level Joe
    level Joe 5 months ago +2

    Hillary should get one of those.

    • Brutal Truth
      Brutal Truth 4 months ago

      She has more than a Watch. She has Goat Lucy. Mark of the Beast👹Hillary is one with the GOAT. GOAT LUCY.

  • Kylin
    Kylin 5 months ago

    Oof I'll need one.

  • igitha Δл λ μ
    igitha Δл λ μ 5 months ago

    Dogs can detect seizures too no need for AI ^_^

    • Destiny B
      Destiny B 4 months ago +1

      Not all dogs can do this, and dogs cannot call your loved ones for help, telling them exactly where you are. I have Embrace2 and also have a service dog. I have a very rare form of Epilepsy. My service dog, Ranger, can help warn me sometimes of oncoming seizures and assist me during them, however he cannot call loved ones.

    • igitha Δл λ μ
      igitha Δл λ μ 5 months ago +1

      There are medical alerts here in Australia where you can push the button (or train the dog to) and it automatically sends your location to the emergency team who send ambulant services to where you are.
      I have had seizures and collapses myself and also have assistance dog and about to get a new assistance dog (as the other is due for retirement) with even further training regarding seizures and collapses - Many dogs can sense the oncoming of seizures well before they occur (around 20 minutes with some dogs and certain training) which can also be a way for the patient to be able to get to a safe location (like a chair or bed or away from hard and sharp surfaces) and to take any preventative measures if they have them (such as medication or electrolytes etc) as well as give them enough time to contact emergency services or carers (or the like) @Prof. R W Picard

    • Prof. R W Picard
      Prof. R W Picard 5 months ago +2

      Dogs are wonderful! However, I haven't yet seen that they can dial a human to come check on you and tell them your GPS location (when that is needed).

  • Palaniandy Sundarason
    Palaniandy Sundarason 5 months ago +2

    Congratulations and interesting. ..
    AI smartwatches will be a good assets in future

  • Red Reddington
    Red Reddington 5 months ago +1

    After losing consciousness and having a convulsing seizure in elementary school, I was diagnosed as epileptic and put on medicine. I stopped taking the meds after a while, and never had a seizure again. I'm almost 30, still never had one since. That wasn't my first seizure, though. My mom believes I had one as a baby where I completely zoned out and got in a trance. I really want to be able to study my own brain to figure out why I had the second one.

    • Red Reddington
      Red Reddington 4 months ago

      @Destiny B Nope, I haven't had any type of follow up in years. I do remember at the time I was at school, in the lunch room and looked up at a light that was flickering. You'd think flashing lights would be my trigger, but I've seen flashing images since then and I've never had another reaction.

    • Destiny B
      Destiny B 4 months ago +1

      Have you had anymore EEGs since then? Maybe it could give information and hints as to how your brain patterns are.

  • Jewish Lizard
    Jewish Lizard 5 months ago +3

    *Man convulsing on ground*
    Watch: BEEEEEEP

  • JellyfishJelly
    JellyfishJelly 5 months ago +2

    Wait, what's the AI's role? Are you collecting skin conductance data from everyone and using it to improve the detection rate?

    • JellyfishJelly
      JellyfishJelly 5 months ago +1

      @bricksheffield Well the peaks are gigantic, there would be no problem detecting those even with analog comparator. They may be trying to colect different data like movement / heartrate alongside the conductance, and trying to teach the AI to detect seizure from those signals instead, so any regular fittracker could be used.

    • bricksheffield
      bricksheffield 5 months ago +1

      the AI is so that no one has to watch over the data all the time.

  • Mohammed Shafei
    Mohammed Shafei 5 months ago +1

    Nice research. Sad use of AI buzz word.

  • Igor Gabrielan
    Igor Gabrielan 5 months ago +1

  • John Smith
    John Smith 5 months ago

    So no need for a my dog

  • Ben Wager
    Ben Wager 5 months ago +3

    This is an extraordinary use of technology, and could be extremely beneficial to the people who are epileptic in the general public.

  • Pierre Du Toit
    Pierre Du Toit 5 months ago

    Can a quick headace (5-10 seconds) that makes a high frequency sound in my ear be a small seizur because it happens adout twice a day, more or less, and is very sore and desturbing

    • Brutal Truth
      Brutal Truth 4 months ago


    • Thork Rynu
      Thork Rynu 5 months ago

      @Pierre Du Toit just another possibility... In short you need to see a real Doctor who can put all your symptoms in context and ask questions and examine you. Could be serious or easily fixed.

    • Pierre Du Toit
      Pierre Du Toit 5 months ago

      @Thork Rynu i do suffer from deppresion a little but i dont use ssui

    • Thork Rynu
      Thork Rynu 5 months ago +2

      Get checked out. Ice pick headache, ADEAF... Also vestibular migraine came up in Google. Might be something else entirely. Dr needed for context otherwise symptoms might be confused. Might just be an ear infection or something causing nerve irritation. Google even brought up "brain zaps" from SSRIs withdrawal etc. You need to see a specialist.

    • igitha Δл λ μ
      igitha Δл λ μ 5 months ago +3

      It sounds like you should seek medical advice from your doctor or a local general practitioner
      Good luck

  • Gonzo6389
    Gonzo6389 5 months ago +4

    just called my son, he's 34.. He takes his meds and he does well and works and is very productive....and he hasn't gotten a seizure in a long time...i cry when i think about it...I asked him to watch the video...because he doesn't believe in this and doesn't want me to get him a a gift from a father to his boy.

    • Gonzo6389
      Gonzo6389 4 months ago

      @Tiffany Lochner I fucking really hate this make sad and i cry alot...because i have seen it in my son and in my sister...who is now age 69...she got seizures at age 6 months old...i feel for my parents who had no solution....and i feel the same...........

    • Tiffany Lochner
      Tiffany Lochner 5 months ago +1

      Jose Gonzalez If you have the means to do so, then get the watch. I need one myself.

  • Poison Apple
    Poison Apple 5 months ago +1


  • KGBz
    KGBz 5 months ago +4


    • Brutal Truth
      Brutal Truth 4 months ago +1

      There's a Cure. DON'T GET VACCINATED

    • igitha Δл λ μ
      igitha Δл λ μ 4 months ago +1

      Access to appropriate treatment is a lot of the problem @Destiny B

    • Destiny B
      Destiny B 4 months ago +2

      No it doesn't. There is no cure for Epilepsy or seizure disorders, because if there was then there wouldn't be over 3 million people across the world who struggle with it every day.

    • igitha Δл λ μ
      igitha Δл λ μ 5 months ago +1


  • KGBz
    KGBz 5 months ago +1


    • KGBz
      KGBz 4 months ago

      @Destiny B are you sure? MD, s. Say a lot of things and are rarely correct...

    • Brutal Truth
      Brutal Truth 4 months ago +1

      Genetically inherited from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 🐢🐸 courtesy of👩‍🔬👨‍🔬🧛‍♂️🧛‍♀️🧙‍♂️🧙‍♀️ the Wizards

    • Brutal Truth
      Brutal Truth 4 months ago

      There's a Cure. DON'T GET VACCINATED

    • Destiny B
      Destiny B 4 months ago +1

      Mine is genetically inherited. They don't come from vaccines.

  • Gabriella Patricola
    Gabriella Patricola 5 months ago +2

    This research is consistent with research in the laboratory, but it allows us to see more thoroughly its applications in real life more than it would in a controlled laboratory context.

  • Alan Xu
    Alan Xu 5 months ago +1

    Ppl who disliked this, pls replace those who died of the disease .

    • Destiny B
      Destiny B 4 months ago

      Yes. My fiance died almost 3 years ago from SUDEP and I also have severe Epilepsy. It is hard for me every single day to think that he's not here and I am.

  • Jeremiah Mamman
    Jeremiah Mamman 5 months ago +2

    Let’s build AI that makes everybody’s life better

    • Brutal Truth
      Brutal Truth 4 months ago

      Give me a problem. I'll fix it. I'll make something. Albert Einstein.

    • Brutal Truth
      Brutal Truth 4 months ago

      Jeremiah was a Gay Bullfrog. And he was Jewish

    • K Kinnear Kaiser
      K Kinnear Kaiser 5 months ago +1

      Yeah cause mankind cant figure out how to be better on its own

    • Jeremiah Mamman
      Jeremiah Mamman 5 months ago

      Lugh Summerson you are entitle to your “opinion”

    • Lugh Summerson
      Lugh Summerson 5 months ago +1

      No, let's continue making AI that makes the rich richer.

  • Caitlin M
    Caitlin M 5 months ago +11

    We got this watch for my older mom who lives in another state and it alerts me each time it goes off. So far its been a false alarm each time because she was pushing a grocery cart over a bumpy parking lot or brushing her teeth with an electric toothbrush or something like that. It hasn't caught any of her smaller seizures where she wasn't convulsing because it was still all just in her brain. I've called to talk to her and noticed something off and turned out they were small seizures.
    When it does go off it vibrates so that if it is a false alarm the user can tap it and hold the display to signal they are ok. She can't feel the vibration very well so we have a lot of minor scares when we don't hear from her right away. We've had to cancel emergency services before. Still, this watch has helped give my family a lot more peace of mind. Just wish it was a little easier to use with an actual display instead of the dots (which confuse her) and that it wouldn't run down her phone battery quite so much since it requires bluetooth to a smart phone to work. I know someday it won't be a false alarm so we keep treating each time like its the real deal.

  • 666悪魔
    666悪魔 5 months ago +1

    What a waste of resources/time while you're doing all this fuckery the planet is at risk of irreversible damage, Causing mass extinction I so hope our destructive species goes extinct one day.

  • GFmanaic
    GFmanaic 5 months ago +2

    It's not AI. It's an algorithm.

  • J J
    J J 5 months ago +17

    Life saving advanced medical technology

    • Oda Mae
      Oda Mae 4 months ago

      @Destiny B Does your insurance cover the cost? Thank you & glad to hear you have had success :)

    • Destiny B
      Destiny B 4 months ago +2

      Embrace/Embrace2 have saved my life SO many times.

  • GamingTV
    GamingTV 5 months ago +3

    it's more common now because of contaminated food and water supplies, pesticides, chemicals, modification deficiencies

    • Lugh Summerson
      Lugh Summerson 5 months ago +2

      Another lying Christian moron. Why don't you obey the words of Jesus, hypocrite?

    • Martyr4JesusTheChrist
      Martyr4JesusTheChrist 5 months ago

      Another observably competent investigator.

  • Karan Shah
    Karan Shah 5 months ago +4

    Revloutionary 👌👌👍

  • Momma O
    Momma O 5 months ago +4

    wow, very interesting!

  • GamingTV
    GamingTV 5 months ago +2

    one problem with this, a watch can never detect a seizure

    • Destiny B
      Destiny B 4 months ago +2

      It can detect a seizure happening, but not that it is oncoming. It has saved my life more times than I can count.

    • Prof. R W Picard
      Prof. R W Picard 5 months ago +5

      It is fine to be skeptical. Instead of believing me, please go to the original page, or to, where you can find links to many peer-reviewed scientific articles in top medical journals that evaluate the AI/machine learning algorithms and the watch (also the FDA evaluation was very thorough).

    • GamingTV
      GamingTV 5 months ago

      @Vijayabhaskar J and yet, you believe every word of it

    • Vijayabhaskar J
      Vijayabhaskar J 5 months ago +1

      She just gave a 15mins TED talk to say watch can detect seizures and you're denying it 😂😂

  • Andy Holmes
    Andy Holmes 5 months ago +2

    Maybe it's radiation can cause seizures too.

  • mhtinla
    mhtinla 5 months ago +3

    When are we going to have a SMARTWATCH that can give me CPR?

    • Garron Fish
      Garron Fish 5 months ago +1

      I wonder if adding something that gives the user a shock would be enough.

  • Harish Vishwakarma
    Harish Vishwakarma 5 months ago +25

    Hi Rosalind, very good use of technology. I wish you keep working in medical use of technology and take to everyone who needs it.

  • mattf1022
    mattf1022 5 months ago +11

    Link to the watch / news about the watch???

    • Empatica
      Empatica 4 months ago +1

      Apologies for the delayed response! Thanks to Susanna's comment below! Feel free to browse through our website as indicated below, or send us an email at for further queries. Thank you :)

    • Susanna Venus
      Susanna Venus 5 months ago +4

      here you go :)

  • Archana Aryal
    Archana Aryal 5 months ago

    9th 🙏🤟

  • Jackson Chen
    Jackson Chen 5 months ago +9

    Galaxy watch 4: doesn’t even have a accurate heart rate sensor
    Apple Watch series 4: can do ECG
    *This video*

    R VENKAT PRABHU 5 months ago +3

    nice invention......

  • Sander
    Sander 5 months ago +17

    My current Galaxy watch 4 doesn't even have an accurate heartbeat sensor and at this point I only use it for time, so good luck. Im excited to see watches take off in the upcoming years.

    • Destiny B
      Destiny B 4 months ago +1

      Embrace/Embrace2 has saved my life SO many times.

  • Женя Новиков
    Женя Новиков 5 months ago +1

    Where russian subtitri suka

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      Martyr4JesusTheChrist 4 months ago

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      its your boy jesus 4 months ago

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      its your boy jesus 5 months ago

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