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

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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11 Comments

1. Honestcritic

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

Looks like Apple is following the trend..

2. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

8. andonia2

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

And lose $300... Never!

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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

5. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

10. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30960; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30960; Member since: Feb 05, 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

13. thecorrescode

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

So Apple is copying MotoActiv

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