Rumor: Apple is developing optical sensors to monitor blood sugar level
According to CNBC, Apple has a team of 30 biomedical engineers working on sensors to monitor blood sugar levels. Been going on for at least five years, sources told CNBC that the team has begun conducting feasibility trials at clinical locations, and hired consultants to navigate the complex health regulatory processes.
The optical sensors can shine a light through the skin to measure indications of glucose. This is somewhat similar to the way photodiode sensors, green and infrared LEDs on the back of the Apple Watch that are used to measure heart rate.
A biomedical expert, John L. Smith, admitted that the accurate measurement of glucose levels is the most difficult technical challenge he has encountered in his career. And if Apple succeeds, it will benefit million of diabetic patients as they will have an easier way to monitor their blood sugar.
The technology could be integrated with the Apple Watch, and open up new market segments for the smart watch.