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Apple officials have been in regular contact with the Food and Drug Administration over the past few years, discussing diagnostic apps and other unreleased health products.
The conversations suggest that Apple has significant ambitions in health technology far beyond the nascent services it has publicly released so far — ambitions that may lead to new products that require government regulation as medical devices.
In the sometimes redacted emails seen by Mobi Health News, Apple officials discuss several unreleased products including:
Two "possible (and related) products in the cardiac space"
A diagnostic app for Parkinson's disease. Fast Company previously reported that Apple was working on an app to monitor Parkinson's.
The "cardiac space" products are interesting, though the emails seen by Mobi Health News don't have more details. The reporters speculate that it might have to do with an EKG attachment for the Apple Watch. AliveCor, a startup, makes a similar product called Kardia Band.
originally posted by: AmbroseMachine
The potential for abuse is the real issue. Imagine a city, let's say Albuquerque for instance, who could target an individual through their phone that they wanted to get rid of. A person's heart rate could be send out to a select group, and when the individual's heart rate indicates they are falling asleep the attackers could use police, ambulance, and fire vehicles to cause a startle response from sirens. Trains and trucks could use their horns, and loud vehicle exhaust. Planes and jets could even be used to fly overhead. It could be used until the individual died of a heart attack or was driven to insanity. To a passerby the noise would seem normal but to the targeted individual, the effects would have a cumulative, devastating effect. If they survived the psychological damage could be permanent. There wouldn't even be any evidence and no one would believe them. There would be no one to turn to and the only way out would be suicide.
A smartphone is an assassin's dream.
A complete nightmare for the target.