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Since day one, people have talked about the Apple Watch and how its fitness-centric features could be further expanded into the medical realm. Now, a new report out of Korea claims Apple will be adding blood sugar monitoring to the Apple Watch Series 7 later this year.
Apple initially focused on health and fitness metrics when the Apple Watch first launched. Consumers wanted a fitness device, so the Apple Watch covered all the essential health metrics – heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, and eventually sleep tracking became a staple on the device.
Now that fitness tracking is mainstream, the next big push in the wearables market is medical monitoring.
These advanced health and medical features, like blood sugar monitoring, are expected to be a significant leap ahead for wearables like the Apple Watch.
A report from ET News hints that Apple, as well as Samsung, are planning to add blood glucose monitoring to their next-generation wearables.
Not only Samsung Electronics but also Apple is applying the blood glucose measurement function to the Apple Watch 7 to be introduced this year. With the related patent technology secured, it is focusing on ensuring reliability and stability prior to making the technology available.ET News
The report does not indicate how each company will implement blood glucose monitoring. Apple reportedly is working on a form of non-invasive testing that uses infrared sensors instead of pinpricks, which is currently used in portable blook glucose monitors.