Apple made the headlines when it announced that the Apple Series 4 had the ability to make ECGs, with FDA approval for the function. A subsequent report revealed that the device is more than 98% accurate in detecting AFib.
A report from today suggests that it could soon be as easy to get blood pressure for an iPhone or Apple, using Apple’s 3D Touch or Force Touch technology …
An arm cuff is usually required to take blood pressure, with a smaller finger-based version that is sometimes used for home use. But the WSJ reports that a third method, using a finger press, can be adapted to work with 3D Touch.
A proof-of-concept study by Dr. Mukkamala and another set of authors showed that the same fingerprint method can be applied to optical sensors and force sensors built into some telephones – a sensor for taking selfies and a 3D touch function for displaying selfies.
The group has developed an iPhone app that guides fingertip placement and calculates blood pressure. By comparing the results with a traditional blood pressure cuff, the app was less accurate than the arm cuff. But Dr. Mukkamala says it was similar to a finger cuff, a device approved by the FDA for measuring arm blood pressure, but which has been mainly used in research to date.
Apple has similar technology in the Apple, where it uses the name Force Touch, suggesting that the wearable will also be able to take the lead.
A long cherished hope is that Apple may be able to make a non-invasive device to measure blood sugar levels, something important for those diagnosed with diabetes. But experts say this is a harder proposition.
Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer [says its] new monitor uses some fingerprints, because & # 39; we have seen nothing outside the body that provides the accuracy that patients need & # 39 ;.
In a paper earlier this year, Sunghoon Jang, chairman of the computer technology department at NY City College of Technology at CUNY, published a dozen new optical or electrochemical technologies that focus on both blood and other bodily fluids, including a contact lens that changes color, depending of the glucose content present in tears. But none of these techniques is commercially available, Dr. says. Jang, and shows how complicated it can be to develop reliable and affordable alternatives for more invasive ways to measure glucose.
Recently it was said that health traits are one of the things that made the Apple a greater threat to traditional brands, because they were mainly bought by older people, who would also be most interested in health monitoring.