As several of us have posted previously, there's a technological trend towards constant monitoring of your health parameters and the collection of that data for research purposes. I expect that Apple's long presaged release of their smart watch will only accelerate that trend. From Technophrenia; On the interface between technology, people and society, David Glance, Director of UWA Centre for Software Practice at University of Western Australia writes:
"In a move that took everyone by surprise however, Apple also released a new software platform called ResearchKit... The (ResearchKit) platform enables medical researchers to create applications that specifically support the enrolment of subjects in medical trials and the continuous collection of data for research projects."
And from "The Australian" newspaper:
"iOS apps already help millions of customers track and improve their health. With hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world, we saw an opportunity for Apple to have an even greater impact by empowering people to participate in and contribute to medical research,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations.
“ResearchKit gives the scientific community access to a diverse, global population and more ways to collect data than ever before.”
I haven't worn a watch for about 10 years. I'm not even sure I'd want one if it was provided to me as a condition of joining a clinical trial, though perhaps if it came with an iPhone...