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iWatch To Monitor Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen Levels, Report Says

by Todd Haselton | February 14, 2014February 14, 2014 10:00 am EST


Apple’s iWatch looks like it’s going to be the most advanced smartwatch yet. In fact, a lot of signs suggest it will be one of the most powerful general consumer-focused health wearables ever. In January, 9to5Mac said it had learned that Apple will add a Healthbook application to iOS 8 that will help users keep a constant track of their health. Yesterday, we saw a mock-up of what Healthbook might look like. Today, we’re learning how the technology might work.

According to sources speaking to EET, Apple’s iWatch will be capable of monitoring your heart rate and blood oxygen levels using photoelectric sensors. In other words, it can do so using light. However, EET said that technology isn’t capable of providing blood glucose information, which some rumors have suggested the iWatch will be capable of doing. The company recently hired someone who has worked on blood monitoring products before, Marcelo Lamego, so he likely has a role in this research at Apple.

Blood glucose monitoring is out, for now, because apparently non-invasive technology hasn’t caught up enough to make the data as accurate as Apple would want. For now, anyone who needs to monitor blood glucose levels is apparently better off with more invasive technology, specifically for constant blood glucose testing.

Apple’s iWatch will also likely offer the ability to keep track of movement, calories burned, your diet and more. It will also most likely include standard smartwatch functions, like the ability to keep track of alerts, control media and more. The device is expected to launch sometime later this year.

EET Apple Insider

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...