Apple is working on contactless sensor for measuring blood sugar with Apple Watch or smart bracelet
Apple intends to add “smart” watch Apple Watch features that will allow you to control the condition of the body of the user. In particular, the company plans to use the device to help in the treatment of diabetes. It is reported by BGR, citing sources familiar with the company’s plans.
According to the publication, Apple last year hired more than two hundred specialists-biochemists and consultants who participate in the development of non-invasive sensors to determine the level of glucose. New sensors will be integrated into the Apple Watch and will allow a smart watch to continuously monitor the blood sugar level, which is especially important for patients with diabetes.
Apple plans to realize the possibility of tracking blood sugar levels, and without connecting any additional devices to hours. Another direction is interchangeable “smart” bracelets that can add various functions to the clock, without complicating the device and without increasing its cost base.
It is likely that the function of tracking blood sugar levels will be implemented through this smart bracelet. In addition, bracelets can add a camera and an extra battery.
In April, CNBC reported that Apple more than five years working on the creation of an optical sensor, able to measure blood sugar without breaking the skin.
A number of other companies engaged in research in the natural Sciences, have attempted to develop a similar device, but to do this failed.
At the core of the Apple project — development of optical sensors that can “Shine through” the skin to measure glucose levels. Currently, the measurement of the glucose level in blood in a contactless manner impossible for the operation of the meter need a blood sample. In addition, the new device will be expected to read and other “vital” for diabetics readings — heart rate and level of blood oxygen saturation.
According to media reports, the idea of creating such a device belongs to Apple founder Steve jobs, and the efforts for its development, the Corporation is taking at least five years.
Apple is not the only company engaging in developing technologies for patients with diabetes. Powered by Google, a team of researchers Verily is developing a “smart contact lens” for measuring sugar levels in blood. In the framework of this project in 2015, the company has teamed up with DexCom to develop glucocorticolds device no bigger than a plaster.