Steve Jobs' Vision: A Non-Invasive Glucose Monitor In Future Apple Watch Models

14 April 2017, 3:52 pm EDT By Caezar Sotto Mobile & Apps
According to reports, Apple is clandestinely working on a new breakthrough aimed at diabetes patients.   ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images )

According to reports, Apple is clandestinely working on a new breakthrough aimed at diabetes patients. The new development continues Steve Jobs' vision of developing a technology that can monitor blood sugar and other necessary vitals with a wearable gadget.

In a post by CNBC, the Cupertino-based tech giant has hired a team of biomedical engineers to develop the sensors needed to monitor blood sugar. The team's success will fast track the implementation of this feature for future models of the Apple Watch.

Non-Invasive Optical Sensor

Macworld reported that the research involves optical sensors that can shine a light through the skin to measure glucose levels. If it breaks through the development stage, the tech will allow wearable gadgets to monitor vital signs without breaking the skin.

Apple has been working on the initiative for at least five years. According to various sources, the company conducted feasibility trials in clinics near the company's headquarters.

Steve Jobs' Vision

The US-based company has also been in conversations with medical consultants to figure out "regulatory pathways." As usual, Apple declined to comment on the developing story.

Before Steve Job's untimely death, the CEO envisioned this type of optical sensor to help people with diabetes. The future Apple Watch can become a revolutionary health device that can help millions of people that suffer from the illness.

Before Apple's Diabetes Monitor There Was GlucoWatch

In 2001, the FDA approved a wristwatch-like device that can check sugar levels with electrical currents.

GlucoWatch tests a patient's glucose every 20 minutes. It displays the numbers on its face to monitor spikes in sugar level regularly. Although the device was able was non-invasive and yielded accurate results, it was reportedly painful.

According to a report by Quartz, the generated electrical current apparently caused a burn which led to its demise. Stay tuned for more news updates.

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