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Apple supplier announces new digital health sensor system for wearables

By Cookie Monster - on 15 Jul 2021, 12:00am

Apple supplier announces new digital health sensor system for wearables

Image source: Rockley Photonics

Apple supplier Rockley Photonics just announced a "clinic-on-the-wrist" digital health sensor system. 

Rockley states that its sensor module and associated reference designs for wearable devices can monitor several multiple biomarkers such as core body temperature, blood pressure, body hydration, alcohol, lactate, and glucose trends. 

The digital health sensor system uses a miniaturized chip solution to provide continuous, non-invasive monitoring of core biomarkers. Compared to current wearable devices which use green light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to monitor heart rate, Rockley claims its infrared (IR) spectrophotometers can detect and monitor a wider range of biomarkers.

It is likely that Rockley's digital health sensor system will be coming to the Apple Watch in the near future. The Telegraph recently reported that Apple is the largest client of Rockley and accounts for the bulk of the latter's revenue in the past two years. In addition, both companies have an ongoing "supply and development" agreement.

Bloomberg claimed last month that the blood glucose monitoring feature will not debut on the Apple Watch for another few years. Apple has been rumoured to be working on optical sensors to monitor blood sugar levels since 2017.

Source: Rockley

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