Apple is believed to be working on an Apple Watch device able to monitor blood sugar levels noninvasively, a piece of technology that is regarded as the ‘Holy Grail’ for diabetes treatment.
CNBC first reported back in April how Apple had hired a small team of biomedical engineers to work at an Apple office in Palo Alto, California, as part of a secret initiative started by the late Steve Jobs, a man who many regard as a visionary for his dedication to developing technology designed to improve our lives.
Their goal is to develop a device fitted with highly sensitive sensors that can continuously and noninvasively monitor the wearer’s blood sugar levels for the purpose of tracking and treating diabetes, something that many life science businesses have unsuccessfully attempted to do in the past.
However, it appears that Apple is succeeding where others have failed as Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted last week test-driving a blood sugar monitoring device connected to his personal Apple Watch.
The device is likely an early prototype but indicates the company is making good progress into what would ultimately be a device that could benefit millions of diabetics across the world.
Cook spoke about the difficulties people with diabetes face every day back in February while receiving an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow:
“It’s mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a day to check your blood sugar. There is lots of hope out there that if someone has constant knowledge of what they’re eating, they can instantly know what causes the response… and that they can adjust well before they become diabetic.”
A non-invasive blood sugar monitor could revolutionise healthcare in a similar manner to how the iPod affected the music industry when it first came out, so hopefully Apple is close to completing the device.