Report Claims iWatch Awaiting FDA Approval, Will Feature Blood Glucose and Sweat Sensors

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    Apple's first-generation iWatch is awaiting certification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it enters mass production for a launch this Fall, claims Chinese website Laoyaoba (Google Translate, via GforGames). Citing inside sources, the site claims that Apple has already finalized the design and specifications of the watch, noting that the company is trying to get the device certified as medical equipment.

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    It was reported earlier this month that Apple had met with the FDA in December to discuss a number of topics, with some suggesting that Apple might be laying some groundwork for the iWatch. However, a memo issued by the FDA noted that the dialogue merely revolved around its guidance on mobile apps and making sure that the technology industry and regulators are on the same page.

    Laoyaoba also claims that the iWatch will come with a number of advanced health sensors, including those that measure heart rate, blood pressure, and blood glucose. Apple has also apparently developed an in-house sweat analysis sensor for the iWatch, which will all work with iOS 8's Health app to track various health metrics.

    This information also contrasts a number of past reports that pointed to the iWatch focusing on more simple functionality to make the health-tracking experience more accessible to everyone. While Apple hired a number of personnel with expertise in fields like blood glucose monitoring, it has been noted that such technologies may not make it into the first-generation iWatch, which require a lengthy-approval process from the FDA and complex hardware integration.

    Reports from the The Wall Street Journal and Reuters yesterday noted that Apple is also still trying to finalize specifications for the device. Notably, the Wall Street Journal report suggested that the iWatch will ship in "multiple versions", while the Reuters report said that the device will sport a 2.5-inch screen and feature wireless charging and pulse sensing capabilities.

    The iWatch is expected to be revealed and launched in October, which was a date reported earlier this month by Re/code.

    Article Link: Report Claims iWatch Awaiting FDA Approval, Will Feature Blood Glucose and Sweat Sensors
     
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    iWatch will change the game for wearable device industry :)
     
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    How would the swear sensor work? What would it be looking for?
     
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    These leaks don't seem random or accidental. I bet Apple has finalized the design, is good to go with production, and now is starting up the hype machine.

    As a medical provider, I'm actually pretty excited about the possibility of blood glucose monitoring. And at least in America, that will certainly get quite a large percentage of the population on board!
     
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    At first I thought it said Rupert claims... I was like, oh great, another random person making predictions and getting front page... xD
     
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    Something does not add up

    It sound very contradictory to me.
    Awaiting certification and finalising specifications is not compatible with FDA or any notified body for that matter.
     
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    Rude words. :p
     
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    Oh, there are multiple things it could look for.
     
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    You guys are making me do some EXTRA proofreading tonight. :) Thought I made those mistakes! Phew.
     
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    I have been against the idea of smartwatches. This does not sound like a watch though. More like a healthband as it's primary functionality.
     
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    Actually, It isn't the most awful idea. - Could be a feature to detect danger. Similar to a Gunfire locator.
     
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    Measuring blood glucose, non-invasively? Mm yeah....I'm skeptical
     
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    Hopefully it's regionised so we can say Scunthorpe with it causing problems!
     
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    It watches your tongue for you.
     
  16. na1577, Jun 20, 2014
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    Health tracking is not the next big thing.

    There's a reason why those Fuelbands and Fitbits never caught on.
     
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    ...searching for "/s" code...
     
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    Salty goodness.
     
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    No way. The tech isn't there yet.
     
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    No blood alcohol sensor? Not gonna buy it. I want my watch to stop me texting when I'm drunk.
     
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    It gives you a mild electric shock when you swear....
     
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    Is that like waiting but in an Apple way?

    iWaiting
     
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    I don't use watches cause i feel them uncomfortable,so it will be very difficult that Apple convince me to wear one.
     
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    Exaclty. That's why I think the iWatch will be a sports watch, in direct competition with companies such as garmin, polar, sunnto...

    It might come to a surprise to most geeks but those companies have been producing and refining watches with dozens of sensors and functions for years.

    These devices are targeted for runners, triathletes etc. We do not wear them all the time, only during workouts.
     

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