Apple is currently working on developing a glucose sensor for their future Apple Smartwatches to help diabetes patients measure their blood sugar levels. On April 12, CNBC reported that the biomedical engineering group working at Apple is working on developing a new initiative which was first imagined by Steve Jobs. Their purpose is to design a nonsurgical glucose monitoring alternative which will definitely feature the Apple brand.
Apple has been working for years at the development of a glucose sensor to monitor blood sugar levels for diabetics
The new report reveals that Apple’s team has been working on this project for more than five years. The primary purpose of the new device is to track the blood sugar levels without analyzing a blood sample first. Even if this is pretty difficult to do, many large companies have tried to develop such a gadget which would facilitate the life of diabetes patients.
Nevertheless, up to this point, no such corporation managed to succeed. If against all odds, Apple will succeed, then a new Apple Watch will incorporate this revolutionary system, validating Apple’s recent interest in medical research. The biomedical research team, located in an office building in Palo Alto, was revealed to be prepared to do trials, beginning a significant stage of the device’s developmental process, trying to obtain federal regulatory authorizations.
If their product works, then Apple will develop a new Apple Watch to feature the new technology
Based on the data provided by the new report, Apple may start testing the process at clinical centers around the San Francisco Bay Area. While the company did not reveal too many details, the new technology used by the team of specialists implies optical sensors which are meant to measure the glucose level in the bloodstream through the skin of a user.
Approximately 30 people were believed to be part of the engineering team last year. Probably, the team has increased after the recent hires from the biomedical field. Last June, Apple has hired Dr. Rajiv Kumar, a pediatric specialist who has previously worked with Stanford Children’s Health. Kumar is known to be one of the first medical professions who took advantage of the HealthKit platform developed by Apple, developing a ResearchKit study on Type 1 diabetes monitoring.
There are no details which prove that Kumar is currently part of the glucose sensor technology team of Apple. Back in 2003, Apple also hired some former employees of the biotech company C8 MediSensors. Now, the medical team at Apple is still testing the new technology.
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