One of the areas of application for the Apple Vision Pro mixed reality headset, which is expected to appear early next year, could be healthcare, he writes The information. Although the Vision Pro was designed for entertainment purposes, Apple is considering using the $3,500 headset to diagnose and treat mental illness.
With multiple sensors and cameras, Vision Pro can be used to monitor users’ facial expressions, feelings and emotions and detect levels of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of stress, sources told The Information. With a wearable device, it will be possible to reduce users’ stress or anxiety and relieve depression by displaying images on the internal screen and playing relaxing sounds and melodies.
It should be noted that the use of Vision Pro to treat mental illness will not be Apple’s debut in the mental health space. In June, the company introduced a mental health tracking feature in its Health app for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, providing insight into your current risk level for depression and anxiety.
As already mentioned Forbes, the problem of maintaining mental health is relevant in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 20% of adults and adolescents in the United States between the ages of 13 and 18 suffer from a mental health disorder. Additionally, approximately one in 25 American adults suffers from a serious mental illness, including bipolar disorder, major depression or schizophrenia.