Glucose monitor app coming to Watch

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  1. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    The story is in the WSJ but behind paywall. If Apple has an event for Watch before launch I wonder if this is the kind of stuff they might highlight. It would be a huge win if they can show lots of developer support or things available on Watch that you can't get on competing devices.

    http://9to5mac.com/2015/02/09/diabetes-apple-watch/#more-364399

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  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    This is just an :apple:Watch app that has been approved as an iPhone App. The :apple:Watch is just display of data and NOT a monitor of glucose. You still need all the Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring equipment for the app to show the data.

    http://www.dexcom.com/products
     
  3. Rogifan thread starter macrumors P6

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    Yes I know that.
     
  4. Julien macrumors G3

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    Just pointing out so that others don't see "Glucose monitor" and think the :apple:Watch has an unannounced sensor added. I bet you will still see some posts of people thinking that. ;)
     
  5. Rogifan thread starter macrumors P6

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    Oh I'm sure. Didn't know how else to title the post. Anyway I think it's a good example of how the second screen can be effectively utilized.
     
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I don't get it. How is being able to glance at your glucose data on your wrist different from being able to glance at Twitter notifications on your wrist?

    In other words, just because it is health data, does that make the watch more useful?
     
  7. Julien macrumors G3

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    If you had type 1 diabetes I bet you would GET IT;) (literally and figuratively).
     
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    No, I don't have diabetes. Could you kindly explain how this helps a diabetic person, instead of just making fun of my ignorance?
     
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    Its really not monitoring the glucose levels but rather reporting the readings from the sensor imbedded under the skin. It converts the readings from the sensor into a graph. Cool and useful, but it does not take the measurements itself.
     
  10. Julien macrumors G3

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    See posts 2,3,4 and 5.:D
     
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    Well it's an easy to view monitor of someone's blood sugar levels. It's useful because it's a quick method of knowing an important health-related aspect of your life.
     
  12. Rogifan thread starter macrumors P6

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    When did I say it was different or more useful? I justsaid I thought it was an effective way of utilizing the second screen.
     
  13. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Oh, ok, I didn't realize that there was such thing as an under the skin glucose monitor. Now it makes sense. I was thinking you had to have some kind of device you wear, or had to take out from your purse and pluck your skin to measure your glucose.
     
  14. Julien macrumors G3

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    Read here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complications_of_diabetes_mellitus

    Many type 1 diabetics wear insulin pumps and must carefully monitor their glucose level. One big advantage is being able to see it in real time their glucose level so they can have a simple snack if they want without stopping to do a full glucose test.

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    It was buried in the article. I was curious in how they were getting the information since you typically need to prick the finger to draw a drop of blood.

    I know a number of diabetics, and so I see them dealing with this all the time. The sensor being implemented under the skin is the really cool part of the article though the focus is on the app.
     
  16. DC Wallaby macrumors regular

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    Is this monitor part of an insulin pump, or just a standalone glucose monitor?

    I could also imagine this being useful with a Bluetooth-equipped insulin pump (if such things exist). What's more convenient and more private? Checking your blood glucose levels and ontrolling your pump from a simple app on your wrist, or pulling out your pump every so often?

    And if you're like my cousin's girlfriend, who straps her pump to her bra, it's the difference between going to the bathroom to check her insulin pump when she's in public, and just looking at her wrist.

    Again, I don't know if they're making "smart" insulin pumps that you can control from your mobile devices. But if they are, the Apple Watch strikes me as being the perfect device for such an application of technology. Just like this glucose monitoring app to go along with a separate sensor is a great application.
     
  17. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Ah. For some reason the article link didn't even register when I saw the op, lol.

    Yes, this is a good example of how technologies work together for a more useful application than either of them alone. The under skin sensor wouldn't be as useful without a way of showing the data in real time, and the Apple watch by itself wouldn't be that useful with the prick your finger method of glucose monitoring. Put the two together, and you have a real wow new way of keeping track of your glucose levels.
     
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