GPS, accelerometer, heart sensor, oximeter, the Apple Watch already has an impressive collection of sensors. But very soon it could gain new functions aimed at helping its users to take care of their health. Three new features could be integrated into the connected watch from Apple: the measurement of blood pressure, the level of glucose and alcohol in the blood.
These additions would be possible thanks to a partnership signed by Apple in recent years with a British start-up, Rockley Photonics. This young company has developed a non-invasive optical sensor capable of measuring these three health criteria linked to blood. The sensor would use infrared light, projected through the skin, like those already present in the Watch.
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The revelation of the partnership between the company and Apple took place as the start-up is going to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. So she had to disclose who she works with, and it turns out the California giant has been her biggest client for the past two years.
According to Rockley Photonics, its new sensors could be integrated into connected watches as early as next year. We would therefore have to wait for Watch Series 8 to take advantage of these three new features. Until now, rumors have been that the Series 7 has a blood glucose measurement.
Will this new ability be pushed back to 2022 or will it happen on its own this year? Hard to say for now, we should be definitively set for the fall.