It’s hard to say at what point the Apple Watch turned from just a smartwatch to a medical device. Despite the fact that Apple was literally about to start filling them with diagnostic sensors, back in the days of Apple Watch Series 2 it became clear that the regular heart rate monitor with which they are equipped is capable of detecting many different disorders and diseases – from hypertension to COVID-19. Another thing is that the diagnosis of anything based on neural networks is a phenomenon that is not yet credible. So, you need to focus on something more tangible.
Apple Watch Series 7 will learn how to measure blood sugar. Writes about this The Telegraph, citing sources in Rockley Photronics. It is one of the market leaders in non-invasive optical sensors for determining various indicators, including measuring glucose levels.
Measure blood sugar through Apple Watch
Rockley sensors work in much the same way as a heart rate monitor. They transmit infrared light through the user’s skin, determining the content of the required indicators, and then making a final calculation based on the data obtained.
In fact, Apple has long planned to introduce a non-invasive blood glucose meter. In any case, in 2017, Tim Cook himself repeatedly stated that he personally tests such a device on himself. Not only did he openly talk about it, he also allowed himself in between times to admit during some performance that he was wearing an accessory right now that determines the blood sugar content. According to CNBC, Tim Cook had high hopes for this device, and therefore preferred to test it himself.
Since then, he has spoken out several times about the meter and did not even hesitate to call it a meter, although usually no one from Apple’s management allowed himself to disclose the names or purposes of devices that have not yet been released.
However, towards the end of 2017, the number of references to a blood sugar meter practically disappeared, and in 2018 it stopped completely. Since then, for a long time, there have not even been any rumors about Apple’s plans to release a glucometer.
Apple’s smart blood glucose meter
However, there is no guarantee that the meter that Tim Cook tested was built into the Apple Watch at all. This is indicated by several factors:
- First, neither Cook himself, nor insiders, nor analysts claimed that the meter is a standard feature of the Apple Watch;
- Secondly, Tim Cook needed to remove the meter so that he would not notify him about the sugar surges, and if it were an Apple Watch, he could simply turn off the corresponding function;
- Thirdly, at that time, neural networks and AI were not yet so well developed, so the watch could hardly have been able to diagnose accurately enough without using specific equipment.
Whatever it was, but now we have a real chance to see the new Apple Watch with a built-in blood glucose meter. Yes, it will most likely be a heavily stripped-down version of classic blood sugar meters. There are at least two obvious reasons for this, and there are probably even more non-obvious reasons. But the first two will be enough for us.
It is, after all, a non-invasive thing that measures glucose based on the appearance of the blood without actually testing it. Well, Apple itself is unlikely to want to call its Apple Watch a real blood glucose meter, since this imposes a great responsibility on the company, which it most likely does not really need.
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