The Apple Watch project ditched most health sensors for inconsistent behavior

The Apple Watch project ditched most health sensors for inconsistent behavior
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.

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 released in April, starting at $349, and going north of $4,000 for the gold version.

source: WSJ



1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Damn, this watch will be a bigger disapointment than I'd initially thought.

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1701; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

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.

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

i love that episode i love the part "and it tells the time",

7. engineer-1701d unregistered

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 ?

2. Biernot unregistered

my smartphone is the better smartwatch

3. teenaxta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

it'll be a hit...not because of apple fans but because its a different take at the smartwatch concept.....and itll change everything for the better

4. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

it doesn't matter what apple releases this year. it could be Ibutter and masses would still go for it. Apple became a status symbol of poor. A 'luxury' anyone can afford.

5. Nathillien unregistered

So, it will be even more useless than it was before, and it will still look as ugly as before. Not to mention clunkiness ...

9. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Moto 360 is the only smart watch I would wear, out of those presented above. The square watches look tacky and childish

10. willard12 unregistered

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.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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.

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