Smartwatches have seen additional health monitoring features included in recent releases, with the latest being the electrocardiogram (ECG) function. Yet another crucial feature, namely blood sugar monitoring, is said to be the next to be introduced in the smart wearables category in the near future, according to a recent report.
News of this rumour was published by Korean outlet ET News, suggesting that both Apple and Samsung are planning to equip their upcoming smartwatch models with the aforementioned feature. The report says the latter’s version is based on the “Raman spectroscopy” technique, and is researched and developed by Samsung and MIT. Specifically, this method determines a person’s blood sugar levels by utilising an optical sensor that shines a light through the skin to measure levels continuously. ET News did not detail whether Apple is using a similar approach or a different technology altogether.
This is particularly a big deal for those with diabetic conditions, and could potentially be a breakthrough on its own. Provided that the report is accurate and the supposed technology by Samsung is actually effective. Existing blood sugar monitoring requires individuals to provide a small blood sample in order to determine their glucose levels. This is usually done via a dedicated device or a visit to a nearby clinic or medical centers. And yes, both of these involve pricking your skin (usually a finger) with a pin in order to draw blood for the test.
ET News says that Samsung will introduce the new feature on the latest versions of the Galaxy Watch or the Galaxy Watch Active. It added that the company is also expected to announce three new wearables and a new foldable phone line-up during its second Unpacked event in the second half of 2021. The site did not provide any information regarding Apple’s smartwatches.