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Analyst confirms specuation that the Apple iWatch will include optical health related sensors

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Analyst confirms specuation that the Apple iWatch will include optical health related sensors
A report from electronics analyst Sun Chang Xu of Chinese site Electrical Engineering Times, confirms speculation that the Apple iWatch will contain optical sensors that will allow users to track health related metrics like O2 (oxygen) levels and heart rates. Apple had hoped to pitch its timepiece to diabetics as a way for them to track their blood sugar with a non invasive method. After all, Google recently developed contact lenses that measure a wearer's blood sugar level.

But Apple, like other tech companies, has discovered that non-invasive glucose monitoring is not that accurate. Considering that these readings are used by diabetics to determine how much insulin they need to take at a give time, Apple might have saved itself a million headaches by reportedly removing glucose monitoring from the features on the watch.

The Cupertino based tech titan has been hiring a number of experts in health-related fields. iOS 8 is expected to have an application called Healthbook that will keep track of a user's blood pressure, heart rate, calories burned, and more. The iWatch fits into this scenario by employing the sensors on the watch to obtain the readings that are posted in the Healthbook. Surely there will be health related features on iWatch, that together can be used by almost everyone, to monitor how healthy they are.

source: MEMS (translated) via MacRumors

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posted on 15 Feb 2014, 02:37 5

1. TheNeighbor (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Competition is good. Apple bringing a smart watch to the table will certainly have the competitors concern on great features and better quality for consumers.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 04:03 2

3. Finalflash (Posts: 1896; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Or they'll also find out the hard way that there really is nothing inspirational or useful enough about a smart watch for people to buy it like smartphones.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 16:33

17. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


That's probably why they're looking at it from the health/fitness angle. Fitness trackers are selling much better than smartwatches.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 09:12 1

10. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Apple will find a way to appeal to those who are vain, whose mind is tricked into thinking that they must buy an awesome smartwatch...the same device that does so much less than a smart phone....

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 09:23 1

12. superduper (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


Since when is a smartwatch meant to be like a smartphone?

(Maybe since Samsung's phone screens grew too large, lol)

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 09:37

14. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


the first company to put out a useful piece of tech that has a continuous heart rate sensor and activity tracker will get my money, iWatch may be it. See appledoesnt isn't a fanboy, it's just, well,,, NORMALLY appledoesnt do much of anything year after year, this may change that for me.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 03:23

2. TimePass (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Health is wealth

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 04:20 4

4. Insignificant (Posts: 190; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Humans spend all their health in attaining wealth. And then they spend all their wealth in attaining health. The benefit?
(Islamic proverb)

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 08:21

6. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Healthy wealth?

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 09:12

11. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wealth does no good to those who are dead...

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 06:43

5. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Oooooh, I 'luvs' it when Alan confirms "specuation" despite of what analysts say.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 08:31 1

7. AfterShock (Posts: 2949; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Is it going to tell the fatties to back away from the table or just call an ambulance prior to needing it?

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 09:10 1

9. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


It will make a sound like the sound you here on those smart cars - you know, the ones that assist drivers who are too lazy to learn how to back up a car and park it on their own, and when something is close by it makes the sound that alerts the driver that someone is close by....that sound.....

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 09:08

8. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Enough....enough of these articles on smartwatches - they are not fully ready to be released upon consumers. They are just redundant tech. Stop pushing more crap on us. Stop trying to convince us that we need this redundant tech. Unfortunately, there are millions of drones out there who want to be 'cool', 'hip', keep up with the 'Joneses'..etc...etc..etc...and will just buy about anything, no matter what. I suppose those consumers are who these watches are for....very sad, those weak-minded fools....

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 09:25

13. superduper (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


I know. The Galaxy Gear is useless. The Pebble is cool though.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 16:39

18. cleat-glitch (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


you need to watch the updated videos

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 09:50

15. willard12 (Posts: 879; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Isn't a tablet also pretty much redundant tech?

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