According to new reports, Apple is secretly testing a new means for diabetics to non-invasively monitor their blood sugar.
We’ve heard rumblings that Apple is working to produce a health-related wearable for some time, and now a series of new reports has indicated that the company is testing a new means for diabetics to monitor their blood sugar through non-invasive means.
Typically, diabetics draw blood which is analysed through a device called a glucometer, which provides a reading of blood sugar levels. The system is quite wasteful in that test strips must be discarded after every use.
The news that Apple is proceeding with the project actually harks back to an initiative led by Steve Jobs in 2010, in which Apple had plans to produce a smart device that could monitor its users oxygen level, heart rate, and glucose level.
Similarly, a report from Economic Daily News last year cited that Apple was actively seeking suppliers to create a new device that would monitor heart rate changes, blood sugar variation, and other health-related information.
At the time, the product was reported to support a screen and could make use of 3D touch. The report cited that the product has been in development for over two years under Jay Blahnik, an employee who – according to his LinkedIn profile – works on ‘special projects’ at Apple.
According to PhoneArena, John L. Smith – one of the leading figures in the glucose monitoring industry – weighed in on Apple’s development of such a product, calling non-invasive blood sugar monitoring the “most difficult technical challenge I have encountered in my career.”
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