Apple’s smartwatch would introduce optical sensors to measure heart rate and oxygen levels
The various contracts and reports on the future of Apple’s iWatch seem to make it clear that the device being prepared by Cupertino is going to make a strong breakthrough in the health market , in its domestic aspect, of course. So far we have seen all kinds of hiring: from experts in fitness devices to renowned researchers in sleep analysis.
New reports from analyst Sun Chang Xu, a specialist in electronic devices, suggest the possibility that the iWatch could also incorporate optical technology to measure other common physical parameters, such as heart rate (ideal for all those who love running or sports in general) and oxygen levels.
Thus, the apple smartwatch would introduce electro-optical sensors capable of measuring parameters such as those recently mentioned. In addition, Xu also suggests that Apple has wanted to incorporate the monitoring of glucose levels in the device , but claims that the technology is not yet reliable enough to appear in the final product. All this information comes from the sources in the supply chain that would be preparing to start producing the iWatch.
While we cannot confirm the validity of the information provided, it is not surprising that Apple was able to incorporate these features into iWatch, as optical technology has long been used in portable medical devices. For example, light and optical sensors have been used for some time to measure heart rate and oxygen level.
Optical sensors require constant contact with the skin to calculate levels accurately
However, the use of optical sensors requires a number of conditions to work properly. The most important of these is that the sensor must be in permanent contact with the skin in order to measure the various parameters accurately. This means that the iWatch will have to be at skin level at all times and with little ability to move .
As they point out in iPhoneHacks, it is clear that incorporating all that technology into a device like iWatch is not going to be an easy task, but perhaps the different additions that Apple has made can make it successful. Without going any further, Dr. Micahel O’Reilly , who had been working for 5 years as medical director at the pulse oximetry company Massimo, joined Apple last year.
Will Apple be able to incorporate all of the rumored features into iWatch?