Posted by:Shyam Deval December 29th, 2015

After its release in mid-2015 Apple ResearchKit has generated quite a stir in the research world. Other than the initial apps that we saw earlier, there are quite a few new ResearchKit apps that are very innovative and have utilized the features of the smartphone and wearable technology.

Here is a list of a few apps that include the use of wearables and features of the phone in a novel way.

Duke University -Autism & Beyond App

This app uses the self-facing camera to asses a child’s emotional state while viewing various stimuli. With inbuilt questionnaires for parents and children, the app is used as a screening tool. The software will collect the pattern of the kid’s response (as shown in the image).

Innovation in the app comes in the form of the creative videos which will recognize the child’s reaction to the videos. The app will create a pattern of the kid’s face and this will be analysed further for signs of autism.


This app is mainly used to detect early symptoms of autism in children aged between 1 and 6. Early detection of autism can help us intervene earlier and can greatly improve outcomes.

You can get more information about the app here.

NYU Langone Medical Center: Concussion App

This unique app is used to study the effects of concussion in the long run. The app uses the active task module of ResearchKit and participants are asked to complete three tasks every day – a symptoms survey, a six minute walk test, and a test of concentration.


Many of the tasks in the app can also be performed using the Apple Watch.  This will allow the app to collect the heart rate data.

You can get more information about the app here.

Johns Hopkins University: EpiWatch

EpiWatch is an epilepsy tracking app which will track seizures and possible triggers, medication and side effects. The Apple Watch based app uses the features of the watch and phone to carry out the research.


The app collects the data from both sensors and manual inputs before and after the seizure. The watch (App) will collect the physiological inputs during the seizure and will send an alert to pre designated friends or family members.

You can get more information about the app here.

Yale University: EPV ResearchKit App

Estimated Placental Volume (EPV) App is the second ResearchKit app from the Yale University. This app allows pregnant women to track the growth of their babies’ placenta. Women are asked to self-report EPV Measurements from Ultrasound scanners in the app.


The app will study how the growth of placenta (EPV) affect pregnancy outcomes.

You can get more information about the app here.

With such innovation and simplicity in its usage Apple ResearchKit is turning out to be a game changer in research. In 2016 we are going to see more apps like this.We cant wait!!

Happy New Year!

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