Apple Developing Diabetes Treatment Sensors (AAPL)
As more technologies are developed for health and wellness, Apple Inc. (AAPL
) is secretly working on developing glucose sensors to treat diabetes, reports CNBC, citing unidentified sources. (See also, Fitbit, Apple Still Dominate in Wearables.)
The project was originally the vision of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs before his death and involved use of wearable devices, like a smartwatch, that will be capable of tracking and reporting vital heath data including heart rate, oxygen levels, and blood glucose levels. The technology involves using non-invasive sensors capable of regular and continuous body monitoring to help in early detection and timely treatment of diseases, including diabetes which has a large patient population.
Similar attempts have been made several times in the past by many other firms. However, the difficulty of monitoring blood sugar levels without piercing the skin often prevented the success of those initiatives. (See also: Michael Kors Launches New Smartwatches)
The technology giant has confidentially formed a team of biomedical engineers who are working on developing the monitoring sensors. The team is staffed with biomedical experts hired from companies including C8 Medisensors, Masimo Corp, Medtronic PLC (MDT
), Sano, and Vital Connect. According to the sources, the work has been going on for at least five years and the iPhone maker has been performing feasibility trials for the path-breaking concept. Also, consultants have been hired to work through the necessary regulatory requirements, according to the report.
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