Sunday, 28 May, 2017

Tim Cook spotted testing Apple's glucose monitor

Tim Cook Uses Wearable Device to Track Blood Sugar, Hinting at Apple Interest in Such a Product Report: New Apple Watch could include glucose monitor, other health tech
Daniel Roy | 19 May, 2017, 23:09

Apple has withheld official commentary, but we have heard Tim Cook himself talk about the device at the University of Glasgow in February, and say in interviews that Apple is interested and excited about health services. We already have the heart rate sensor but a non-piercing glucose sensor would have to a definite innovation from Cupertino, who may also try to integrate the same into the Apple Watch itself.

Apple wants to make its smartwatch more than an average smart wearable available in the market. It seems the company may be further along on its development of such trackers than we realize.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and model Christy Turlington at the Apple Watch launch event.REUTERS/Robert GalbraithApple CEO Tim Cook has been seen testing a glucose monitoring device, according to a CNBC report that fuels speculation Apple is working on its own glucose monitoring technology.

It's likely that any non-invasive glucose monitoring hardware would comprise of one or more sensors that could be built into a product like the Apple Watch or even sit as a standalone device.

Still, there was no word from CNBC's sources on whether Apple might release a glucose tracker and when that could happen. "I just took it off before coming on this trip". The "super secret initiative" - planned by the company's late co-founder Steve Jobs - aims to "develop sensors that can noninvasively and continuously monitor blood sugar levels to better treat diabetes", according to the report.

Cook has a lot of interest in personal health.

"It's mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a day to check your blood sugar", he said, according to CNBC. He exercises frequently and has been focused on losing weight as well.

Based on the wording of the latest report, we can nearly be certain the glucose tracker won't be baked directly into the Apple Watch whenever it materializes, and also safely assume it's not part of an interchangeable band setup either.

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