Apple Watch may tell you when you are drinking too much or if your blood sugar is too high.
In recent SCC files, British medical technology company Rockley Photonics listed Apple as its “ biggest customer, ” which could add its non-invasive sensors to devices to measure the number of markers in the blood.
The sensors will be hidden in your Apple device, placed on the wrist, and monitor your blood pressure, blood sugar and alcohol levels.
Apple Watch 6, the tech giant, is the first to read blood oxygen levels, but if new technology enters the next hour, it could be a game-changer for the more than 436 million people worldwide who suffer from diabetes.
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Apple may soon add a blood glucose monitor to an upcoming smartwatch, allowing diabetics to monitor blood sugar levels without surgical intervention. The sensors on the Apple Watch 6 (pictured) are already able to measure oxygen levels in the blood
Rockley Photonics products track various non-invasive health functions using infrared rays, including body temperature, blood pressure, blood glucose, alcohol and oxygen levels.
“We are dealing with the visible range and extending it to the infrared range, and we get more precision with laser technology compared to LEDs, which unlock a whole host of things,” Rockley CEO Andrew Rickman told Gazette Byte.
Rickman added that the company had reduced its spectrophotometer on the table to the size of a chip, allowing it to go “much farther than hours today,” “much deeper, but not as deep as blood drawing.”
A micro-spectrophotometer can detect glucose, urea, lactate and other biochemical markers in the blood that are markers of disease.
Rockley Photonics, the maker of slides that can detect blood sugar levels, blood pressure and other diagnostics, recently revealed that the tech giant Apple is its main customer.
More than 30 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes, which requires frequent blood glucose tests throughout the day.
While the condition most often develops in people over the age of 45, more and more children, teens, and young adults are developing it, according to the CDC.
CNBC reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook personally tested a blood glucose tracker in 2017, and there were rumors that such a screen would come with the Apple 7, which will arrive in stores in September 2021.
But Rockley won’t introduce its chipset for health monitoring features until the first half of 2022 at the earliest, Telegraph reports.
Rockley revealed that Apple accounted for the majority of its revenue in 2019 and 2020 in SEC documents as it prepares for an IPO with an expected valuation of around $ 1.2 billion.
In February, the company announced that it had secured $ 65 million in financing to accelerate growth, bringing its total capital to over $ 390 million.
“There is an enormous need for technologies that can enable effective digital health and wellness, driven by the associated benefits for population health,” said Rickman, the UK’s first internet billionaire.
“We are committed to our first-class customers and our ability to help expand their product offerings and the innovative data-driven business models that these products will enable,” added Rickman.
Apple has already patented a blood pressure monitor, according to Tom’s Handbook.
Apple Watch 6, which was launched last fall, has launched a number of health features, including a sensor that reads oxygen levels in the blood in just 15 seconds by measuring the color of the blood flowing through the wearer’s body.
Blood oxygen is usually used as a measure of fitness and heart health, which reflects how well red blood cells transport oxygen throughout the body.
Critics have warned that relying on a smartwatch instead of actual medical care could burden consumers with unnecessary medical bills and excessive taxes on already outdated healthcare systems.
A 2020 study published in the Journal of the American Society of Medical Informatics found that only about 10 percent of Apple Watch owners who warned about an abnormal heart rate were diagnosed with any condition.
The clocks may also cause people to ignore legitimate symptoms, such as dizziness or shortness of breath, because they did not receive an official alert.
The heart monitor on Apple Watch Series 4, released in 2018, allows users to take an electrocardiogram to measure the electrical activity of their heart.
But consumers often don’t understand that its sensors are much less complex than the EKG you get in a doctor’s office, which collects data from dozens of regions of your heart.