Apple has reportedly created a no-sting glucose monitor.
The project to develop the monitoring system using silicon photonics and optical absorption spectroscopy to determine blood sugar levels is progressing, according to Bloomberg, which quoted people familiar with it on Wednesday. The current phase is reportedly proof-of-concept.
It’s been in the works at Apple for years, since the tech giant acquired startup RareLight in 2010, according to Bloomberg. It has since been reportedly tested on pre-diabetics and type 2 diabetics. Others, unsure if they have the disease, have also been tested, according to the outlet.
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The no-prick glucose monitoring system falls under the purview of Apple’s Exploratory Design Group, although its development was previously done in secret by Avolante Health LLC, the outlet reported.
According to Bloomberg, an iPhone-sized wearable prototype is being developed. The company is reportedly hoping Apple Watches will eventually have monitoring built-in.
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Apple’s watch currently offers sleep, activity, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature, and cycle tracking, among other health-related features. Some researchers are using the Apple Watch’s heart-related features for various studies, the company said.
Bloomberg reported that Apple could face significant competition from makers of glucose meters that require skin pricks should the tech giant successfully develop and launch its non-invasive device in the future.
In America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 37.3 million people with diabetes and 96 million with prediabetes.
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