Will an Apple a day really keep the doctors away? Apple is reportedly looking to disrupt more in personal devices other than just music players, laptops, tablets, or smart phones. A "super secret" medical project could be in the works, one that could transform the way diabetes is treated: The future of sensors to monitor blood sugar levels — without pricking skin – could be near.
According to CNBC, Steve Jobs had envisioned this noninvasive tech as a wearable device, similar to a smartwatch, so that users are able to keep track of their oxygen levels, heart rate, and blood glucose. For the last five years, the brand has brought on a small team of biomedical engineers, conducted feasibility trials in clinical sites across the Bay Area, and hired consultants to try to crack the medical puzzle that so many life sciences companies have failed to solve. How can you measure glucose levels accurately without piercing skin?
An estimated 371 million people in the world have diabetes. The need for this sensor technology is great. If successful, will this device open up new medical research and a new facet to the market? Could it turn the Apple Watch, as CNBC says, from a "nice to have" to a "must have" for people with diabetes? Where will this race for medical tech go, as Google's life sciences team, Verily, is working to accomplish the same thing by creating a "smart contact lens" that monitors blood sugar levels through the eye?
And in terms of the restaurant industry's diners, where safety of our guests is important, will this give our guests more confidence and comfort in eating out? The project details have yet to be confirmed, but a biography on Jobs notes that he one day hoped to intersect technology and biology. Perhaps he is one step closer. Read More