Technology is becoming more and more accessible with a wide variety of functionalities. For example there are devices that can help you improve your posture, measure your heart rate and galvanic skin response, take pictures from your perspective on a pre-determined interval of time and so much more. Check out my recent article in the Behavior Analyst Quarterly on the use of wearables to help people with posture. The technology that is available to us now can serve all kinds of different functions but also is becoming more and more beautiful. It is no longer just a question of whether or not it is unobtrusive, in fact, many are looking for technology to serve a function but also to wear as an accessory. When considering individuals with autism, the devices themselves are becoming easier to wear because they may be smaller and are not necessarily packaged in the traditional format of a wristband or watch, which may be difficult for some individuals with autism to wear because of the sensory challenges associated with them (i.e., a ring, or a small clip that attaches to a belt loop).
More research is needed but there appears to be an opportunity to leverage technology to measure new and unique dimensions such as heart rate to see if we can detect a pattern between increases or decreases in heart in unique individuals and his/her challenging behavior. Check out my article in Behavioural Science in 21st Century for more details on how I believe we can innovate treatment for individuals with autism by incorporating technology.