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Moves by Apple hint at health related functions for the Apple iWatch

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Moves by Apple hint at health related functions for the Apple iWatch
With the hiring of two medical wearables specialists, Apple has ignited speculation that the upcoming Apple iWatch will include some health related features. Hiring former Sano Intelligence employee Nancy Dougherty adds another hardware engineer for the iWatch team. Dougherty developed a patch which is made up of micro-needes, and can be used to track glucose and potassium levels. Letting diabetics test their blood sugar painlessly with the iWatch would be a major breakthrough for Apple, although that would seem to be quite a longshot to be included in the initial version of the timepiece. A feature like that would require FDA testing and approval.

Apple also has hired Ravi Narasimhan, who was VP of R&D for Vital Connects.That company developed a disposable health monitor that can be used for three days monitoring a person's ECG, temperature, and movement. After three days, you simply toss the monitor. It doesn't take a Mensa member to figure out how Apple can use capabilities like that for the iWatch. The disposable monitor could end up being sold at Verizon this year using Big Red's mHealth brand.

Americans familiar and comfortable with technology are getting older, and as they age, using the same technology they grew up with to monitor their health seems like a sure thing business wise. That means we could see many health related sensors for the Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and the Apple iWatch.

Speaking of the timepiece, Apple has been rumored to be running into problems manufacturing the product, which is still expected to launch some time in the second half of this year.

source: 9to5Mac via  SlashGear

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posted on 18 Jan 2014, 02:08 3

1. Honestcritic (Posts: 15; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


Looks like Apple is following the trend..

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 02:14 6

2. ScottSchneider (Posts: 313; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


An Apple a day keeps the Doc away...
IF the Doc is Sexy... Keeep the Apple away... O_o

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 02:56 7

3. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5263; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


If the Doc is ugly, throw the Apple away. ~_O

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 09:02 1

8. andonia2 (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Jul 2013)


And lose $300... Never!

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 03:32 3

4. androiphone20 (Posts: 1401; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


This is quite a big step in a different direction, this one time when I was discussing in a forum dedicated to the iwatch nothing like this came up but instead there where more radical ideas that made me open up to the idea of a smartwatch making it big time. iwatch FTW

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 04:16

5. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


you do realise there are good smart watches out there already...Pebble....its hardly a step in a different direction!

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 10:42

10. androiphone20 (Posts: 1401; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Taking the denial route? I was actually keeping track of a ton of them all of CES and tbh I was not the only person who was expecting to be mindblown. Unfortunately, what was brought to the table wasn't solid enough to hit a homerun. The pebble is good smartwatch but it doesn't really set itself apart from the idea that we have on smartwatches I mean people want to see features that are unique to smartwatches, at least something that is more useful and appealing at the same time

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 09:45 1

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 10578; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I can't wait to see what it'll actually look like, this is gonna be an exciting year for apple/Samsung/tech.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 10:45 1

11. androiphone20 (Posts: 1401; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


You're not alone, from what looked into this category is promising

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 12:19

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 10578; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I by the sure y not in between the I watch, and iPhone will be awesome. I simply must have one. What I like about the gear is the video camera, I'd have fun with that on an iwatch. Apple rocks dude. +1

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 21:00

13. thecorrescode (Posts: 26; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


So Apple is copying MotoActiv

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