New Digital Sensor Likely To Improve Health Features On Future Apple Watch

The Apple Watch could soon add a slew of advanced health and fitness capabilities to its arsenal that include blood glucose and alcohol level monitoring as well as core body temperature measurement. The Apple Watch was the first in its segment to offer ECG capabilities, and it is safe to assume that the company wants to maintain that leadership streak.

Apple has lately given a huge push to the fitness aspect of its wearable device by launching a subscription service offering personalized workouts for activities such as cycling, treadmill, strength training, yoga, and even mindful cooldown sessions.

However, the company’s key focus has primarily been innovating on the hardware side, culminating in the addition of ECG and blood SpO2 level measurement to the Apple Watch over the past couple of years. In fact, Apple is even rumored to be working on a way to automatically detect the position of wearable devices on the body using data collected from sensors like an accelerometer.

Now, it appears that the Apple Watch is not too far away from another major upgrade. UK-based Rockley Photonics — which counts Apple as one of its largest clients — has showcased its latest full-stack digital health sensor system for wearable devices. The company calls it a “clinic-on-the-wrist” system that brings capabilities such as core body temperature measurement, blood glucose + alcohol level monitoring, and blood pressure monitoring as well.

The Next-Gen Health Upgrades For Apple Watch Are Ready

Rockley Photonics claims that its latest offering integrates sensors and application firmware to bring the aforesaid capabilities to wearable devices. Currently implemented in the form of a full-stack wristband-like sensing module, the reference device will undergo comprehensive in-house testing on human subjects to assess its efficiency.


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