Shepherd Center Tests Wearable Technologies to Help with Memory Problems and Stress Reduction


There’s no doubt that wearable technologies, such as smartglasses and smartwatches, are cool. But can they be useful to people with serious medical challenges, such as acquired brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Researchers at Shepherd Center are testing this idea with two applications – EyeRemember and Breathe Well – they have developed for Google Glass.

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