Curt White will be hosting the Hack Chat on Friday, August 24th, 2018 at noon PDT.
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Curt White has been building medical devices, interactive installation art and crazy awesome costumes for years. He is a device and sensor developer at the Child Mind Institute MATTER Lab where he designs and researches wearable medical devices for children with mental health issues. He is actively working on gesture detection using wearables, machine learning optimized for microcontrollers, consulting on patent applications and building/fixing prototypes.
He will be speaking about how mental health, something that is by definition intangible, can be addressed by building things - namely wearable devices and sensor data. In addition to practical engineering, he'll talk about how data from wearables can challenge the outdated and arbitrary classification of psychiatric disorders. Voice audio, actigraphy, EEG, and fMRI have the potential to help us progress beyond check-list diagnosis. If participants like, he can also speak about grassroots mental health activism and mental health in the hacker/maker community.
To learn more about device research and development at MATTER Lab check out our site: https://matter.childmind.org
In this chat we will be discussing:
- Hacking for mental health
- Addressing the intangible with the tangible
- Working with medical researchers