What do you think the reasoning is behind the oximeter not being used? Lack of FDA approval? Could a simple software update enable it?
Yep there was an article saying they included the sensor so just need to turn it on. I thought that was really cool for Apple to do. They could have just put that in the next version and used it to push people to upgrade and saved money not putting it in this version. I really appreciated that because they really didn't have to.
Not including a sensor wouldn't save us money it would save them money. The cost of the sensor.
I always love calls like these. It's why at time I'm glad they didn't include more sensors. Number of 911 calls probably would have shot through the roof. Still have lots of people calling because their $10 walmart b/p machine shows a slightly increased B/P after doing something strenuous.People were going nuts with the watch initially with slightly inaccurate hr (and now watch taking hr inconsistently). See the problem if they enabled the oximetry reading?
You wonder how they lived prior owning smart devices.
I had one guy come to ER the other night because he's panicking his hr was up to a 100 and continues to increase to 108-110 as he was staring at his hr on his aw. He reports his hr usually was in the 60s at rest but he was watching GOT and tells me the story of course (I cut him before he spoils anything. ) his hr at the time was 70-80s. He then told me he had to run 2 blocks to get to ER to get checked. Yeah...
I demanded him to surrender the watch. Proceed to an exam room to wait to get checked. I then sent the cutest most charming nurse to offer him water and chat him a bit. After 5 mins his hr were in the high 80s low 90s. The cute nurse was a bad idea. He needed the motherly soothing nurse .
Also probably same cost for the sensor with or without spo2. If you can even get them without.Like I said Apple had all the intentions of using this sensor until something went wrong. AT that point it was too late to remove the sensor. Maybe they will fire it up in the future.
As an athlete it would be nice to see the numbers to help identify when nearing VO2 Max. This way you can push a run (or other aerobic activity) to the limit without passing your lactic threshold.This has confused me for a little bit now. Why would I even care about having an oximeter? I get why some people, with certain health conditions, would want one, but why does everyone need one? Does it somehow make calorie calculations more accurate?
If you fly an unpressurized plane, measuring SPO2 is nice when you are above 10K' to make sure you aren't getting hypoxic. I have an SPO2 unit that goes over my finger. The AW would be much more convenient compared to consciously putting the unit on my finger to take a reading. The ability to take readings on a schedule and give an alarm if below a threshold would be awesome.