Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Apple's foray into health: Tim Cook testing wearable blood sugar tracker

Apple's foray into health: Tim Cook testing wearable blood sugar tracker

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been wearing a prototype glucose tracker that pairs with the Apple Watch, according to a report from CNBC.

Cook was spotted using a glucose monitor at the new Apple Campus in Cupertino, according to a CNBC source.

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.

Apple has reportedly hired on approximately 200 individuals with PhDs as it looks to improve and innovate the health capabilities of the Apple Watch, according to BGR. The report claims that the team is "part of a super secret initiative, initially envisioned by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, to develop sensors that can non invasively and continuously monitor blood sugar levels to better treat diabetes".

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These detail about the glucose device were vaguely confirmed by Tim Cook himself, while addressing students at the University of Glasgow in February.

"I've been wearing a continuous glucose monitor for a few weeks", Cook said. "I just took it off before coming on this trip". Speaking to CNBC last month, biomedical expert John L. Smith said developing such a device has been "the most hard technical challenge I have encountered in my career".

If this technology becomes feasible then it will not only be beneficial for Apple, as it would further the sales of Apple Watch but it will essentially act like a utility for diabetic patients - for whom the hardware has been developed in the first place. It is claimed that Apple is now conducting feasibility tests for the medical gadget in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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