Monitoring health functions is a major asset of smartwatches and one of the main reasons for their success in recent years. At the forefront of popularity is definitely the Apple Watch, which already has a range of health-focused features. From heart rate monitoring to blood oxygenation monitoring to ECG measurement. It looks like another one will be added – measuring blood sugar.
A glucose meter on your wrist? With Apple Watch, maybe soon a reality
The Cupertino-based company is very aware of the importance of health features, which is why it is constantly working on improving the aforementioned features and introducing additional functionality. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple has made significant progress in developing blood glucose monitoring technology that could eventually make its way to the Apple Watch.
The technology is based on optical absorption spectroscopy, which allows non-invasive measurement of blood glucose. The current prototype is currently the size of an iPhone, so there is still a lot of work to be done to shrink this technology to fit into a watch.
A big competitive advantage for Apple
Apple, according to recent reports, is very determined to bring this feature to its watch. This additional health feature would give the Apple Watch a big competitive advantage and make it an invaluable device for people suffering from diabetes, the number of which is increasing every year.
The Apple Watch has been on the market for over 10 years and during this time Apple has changed its purpose in the market several times. At first they were meant to take over the role of iPhones, then they became a luxury accessory and more recently they have mainly turned into the ultimate health assistant.