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Apple’s highly anticipated non-invasive blood glucose monitoring technology for the Apple Watch is unlikely to launch for several years, according to Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman. In a report published in February, Gurman revealed that Apple has made significant progress with its blood glucose monitoring technology, which allows diabetics and others to test their blood glucose levels without the need for skin pricking.
The system developed by Apple reportedly uses a silicon photonics chip to shine a laser light under the skin to determine the concentration of glucose in the body. However, despite the advancements made, Gurman says that Apple still needs to perfect the algorithms and onboard sensors to bring the technology to the market. Moreover, the company also needs to shrink the technology down to the size of a module that can fit in the small and thin package of an Apple Watch.
According to Gurman, this process will take at least another three to seven years. However, Apple has been working on alternative glucose monitoring methods for over a decade now. In 2010, the company acquired RareLight and later used a startup called Avolante Health LLC to develop the technology at a secret facility before moving it to the Exploratory Design Group (XDG).
Apple has been conducting human trials for the past ten years, and the ultimate goal is to warn Apple Watch users if they are prediabetic to encourage lifestyle changes before diabetes develops. The company is also believed to be in early discussions about getting regulatory approval for the technology.
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The potential launch of Apple’s non-invasive blood glucose monitoring technology has been eagerly awaited, with many believing it could be a game-changer for the healthcare industry. The technology could help diabetics monitor their glucose levels more easily and accurately and also provide valuable health data for Apple Watch users. However, it seems that we will have to wait a while longer before we can expect to see it on the market.