Apple iWatch could literally have your back with UV exposure sensor

Apple iWatch could literally have your back with UV exposure sensor
Those who burn easily in the sun could have the Apple iWatch on their side, watching their back. Blayne Curtis, an analyst who toils for Barclays, says that the Apple smartwatch will contain UV exposure sensors, to make sure that the owner of the watch doesn't get too much sun and burn. The sensors would come from Austin, Texas based Silicon Labs. The company announced the chip in February, saying that that they are "the first single-chip digital UV index sensors."

The chips do more than protect you from getting a nasty sunburn. They can also measure heart rate, pulse and blood oxygen level. Using infrared and ambient light meters, the sensor can also double as a proximity and a gesture control sensor. And the cool thing about these sensors is that they are just 2mm square. Why, at that size they could easily fit into something like a watch.

The analyst sees Apple selling as many as 10 million units of the iWatch in 2014, assuming that the timepiece doesn't launch too late in the year.

source: Barron's via AppleInsider



2. Sauce unregistered

Wrist tan-lines FTW!

1. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Pretty cool, but if it doesn't look as good as the Moto 360, I'll never even consider it.

3. Sauce unregistered

Apple always has aesthetics covered. I've never heard of people complaining about an ugly iPhone, iPod, Macbook, or iPad. An ugly Galaxy Gear on the other hand…ouch. I'm so hyped for the Moto 360 because of MOSTLY how sexy it looks. Aesthetics and product design play one of the biggest roles in most consumers purchasing a product. Apple has to be drunk or mega stoned to fail on product design. It has always been their strong point. We shall find out :)

5. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Exactly, I would want a Smartwatch that actually looks like a watch, and the Moto 360 has that design nailed. Though I expect something beautiful out of Apple as well, though it'd be a bit out of my ecosystem.

4. platformwars

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I think that if it's anything coming from Apple, the looks will be stunning.. don't get me wrong.. I'm not a fanboy.. i dont have even 1 Apple product but the fact is that they make products that are visually appealing.. and i think that after seeing the Moto360 they would be trying even harder because moto360 is an excellent watch. But i believe that if its Apple then it has to be stunning.. that's like a given.

6. Alan01

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

The thumbnail photo is not a picture of the actual device, so don't base your buying decisions on it. Alan F.

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