Apple Reportedly Wants iWatch to Monitor Blood Oxygen Levels
February 17th, 2014
With each passing week, we hear new chatter about the supposed features that will be available through Apple’s forthcoming smartwatch unofficially dubbed the iWatch by tech bloggers.
But with Apple hiring a slate of experts in the field of mobile medical sensors in recent months, it’s impossible to discount the strong suggestion that the iWatch will deliver a number of mHealth capabilities.
Ahead of the weekend, China’s Electrical Engineering Times reported (via AppAdvice) that Apple’s smartwatch will be a full-fledged mobile medical resource.
Electronics industry analyst Sun Chang Xu says that Cupertino’s long-rumored wearable device may monitor heart rate and blood oxygen levels. However, “inaccuracy” has caused Apple to shelve plans to add blood glucose monitoring to the device, according to China’s Electrical Engineering Times.
The iWatch is expected to use optoelectronics to monitor both blood oxygen levels and heart rate.