The Apple Watch project ditched most health sensors for inconsistent behavior
posted by Daniel P. / Feb 17, 2015, 3:31 AM
The Apple Watch release date is fast approaching, and the Wall Street Journal is now shedding some light on the whole project, which was arguably four years in the making, sucking a lot of money, human resources, and trial and error undertakings.
Envisioned also as a health accessory, the Apple Watch was initially meant to be laden with sensors for logging heart rate, stress levels, and even blood pressure. Out of these, only the heart rate monitoring function stayed, as the rest behaved pretty inconsistently for Apple's standards, especially if there was too much hair on the hand, or dry skin.
released in April, starting at $349, and going north of $4,000 for the gold version.Even if Apple managed to finally crack the sensor conundrum, if the Watch was scheduled to measure your blood pressure reliably, and the readings used in apps for health monitoring or advice, it would have to get FDA approval as a medical gadget. Apple's CEO Tim Cook and the team met with FDA officials, but apparently concluded that it's not yet time to release such a device, especially in a brand new and untested in terms of popularity product like the Apple Watch. The gizmo should be
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Damn, this watch will be a bigger disapointment than I'd initially thought.
posted on Feb 17, 2015, 4:01 AM 2
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dont worry the apple fanboys will still buy it. watch the jimmy kimmel show on youtube about the apple watch. people said a $20 casio watch was good because it was made by apple.
posted on Feb 17, 2015, 10:14 AM 1
how is it the wsj did not put any of the relative features on the list for the moto lg and gear, yet wifi ,bluetooth wireless charging the payments for the apple watch. i dont remember hearing anything about the wifi for the watch ?
posted on Feb 17, 2015, 10:56 AM 0
So, Wozniak will have to continue to use needles to check his blood sugar. Good thing for him is that he still won't be getting rid of is Apple Watch after only half a day like he did his Gear Watch. His Apple Watch will be back on the charger well-before it makes it to half a day.
posted on Feb 17, 2015, 11:39 AM 1
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For the smartwatch roundup, there is a newer model than the Neo. Why isn' it the Gear S? Oh, because it compares better to the unreleased iWatch? So anyways, the iWatch will not have ALL the sensors Apple claimed it would. I recall Tim Cook saying it would have more sensors than any watch made now. I guess that won't be happening. So I wonder if they will still try to sell it starting at $349? Gear S actually has more sensors an capabilities than any smartwatch so far. Since the iWatch doesn't even have cellular capabilities, it already lost. Gear S: Heart Rate monitor, UV sensor, GPS, WiFi, BT, Ambient Light, 3G and so much more VS Apple Watch with Heart Rate and .....poor battery life? I look forward to this device as being the biggest joke Apple has ever crack, except it is going to be on themselves.
posted on Feb 17, 2015, 4:15 PM 0
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