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

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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17 Comments

1. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 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.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

17. stealthd unregistered

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

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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....

12. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Since when is a smartwatch meant to be like a smartphone? (Maybe since Samsung's phone screens grew too large, lol)

14. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

2. TimePass

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Health is wealth

4. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Healthy wealth?

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

5. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.....

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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....

13. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

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

18. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

you need to watch the updated videos

15. willard12 unregistered

Isn't a tablet also pretty much redundant tech?

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