Apple is gearing up for its next big bang, and this time, it’s a breakthrough in medical technology. According to CNBC’s source from the inside, the tech giant has put together a small 30-member team of biomedical engineers from major corporations like Vital Connect, Masimo Corp, Sano, Medtronic, and C8 Medisensors. Their mission is to create a sensor that can monitor blood sugar levels without having to inject the skin.
Some reports claim that the idea for this diabetic-friendly technology was one of the top secret missions of Steve Jobs before he passed in 2011. And for a while now, Apple has conducted tests in many clinical sites in the San Francisco area while at the same time, straightening objects in regulations.
The Jobs vision for tracking
Steve Jobs wanted Apple’s medical technology to include tracking solutions for the most personal and vital metrics like oxygen level, heart rate, and glucose levels in the blood. And for about five years now, the team at Apple has been working towards making his dream a reality.
Speaking about sensors for diabetes,
“Apple is developing optical sensors, which involves shining a light through the skin to measure indications of glucose.”
Aside from Apple, Google is also working on a health tech subsidiary called Verily which is focussing on technological solutions for diabetes. One of the solutions that Verily tried creating is a smart contact lens that can track blood levels through the eye. In the same way, MIT had researches develop a biometric tattoo that would track sugar levels in the blood—way way back in 2010. However, most of these research and development hasn’t seen the light of day.
And that’s why Apple’s future with medical tech could be interesting. With plenty of reports claiming that fitness trackers don’t always get it right, it may take a few more years for the industry to develop. Having said that, though, if it can create a breakthrough solution, that’ll be a giant leap for Apple.