The Watch's Oximeter

amirite

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Aug 17, 2009
878
692
What do you think the reasoning is behind the oximeter not being used? Lack of FDA approval? Could a simple software update enable it?
 

Karnicopia

macrumors 6502
Mar 27, 2015
434
249
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.
 
  • Like
Reactions: TimUSCA

mistertomlinson

macrumors 6502
Dec 22, 2007
333
19
I don't know how this pulse oximeter works... Google's servers are down right now, but I hope this makes calorie data even more accurate and perhaps allows for more detailed health tracking.
 

Ben_Dover

macrumors regular
Apr 22, 2015
158
34
What do you think the reasoning is behind the oximeter not being used? Lack of FDA approval? Could a simple software update enable it?

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 .
 

Newtons Apple

Suspended
Mar 12, 2014
22,759
15,220
Jacksonville, Florida
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.
I think Apple had all the intentions to use it and saving us money was far from their plan. If they can use it in the future, that is the question.
 

Karnicopia

macrumors 6502
Mar 27, 2015
434
249
I think Apple had all the intentions to use it and saving us money was far from their plan. If they can use it in the future, that is the question.
Not including a sensor wouldn't save us money it would save them money. The cost of the sensor.
 

ohio.emt

macrumors 6502a
Jul 18, 2008
803
155
Ohio
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 .
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.

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.
Also probably same cost for the sensor with or without spo2. If you can even get them without.
 

parseckadet

macrumors 65816
Dec 13, 2010
1,142
663
Denver, CO
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?
 

redman042

macrumors 68030
Jun 13, 2008
2,914
1,366
Maybe they will let third party app developers access it once the native SDK is released. That could be a way to skirt the FDA requirements. Apple just offers the hardware and third parties take the responsibility for using it.
 

Julien

macrumors G4
Jun 30, 2007
11,270
4,223
Atlanta
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?
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.
 

iamasmith

macrumors 6502a
Apr 10, 2015
588
183
Cheshire, UK
I have a feeling that some day soon Tim Cook might announce version 2.0 of the Watch and say that original Watch owners already have it and they can upgrade to it that same day :)
 

amirite

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Aug 17, 2009
878
692
I have a feeling that some day soon Tim Cook might announce version 2.0 of the Watch and say that original Watch owners already have it and they can upgrade to it that same day :)
Oh now that'd be a sweet move.
 
  • Like
Reactions: flur

SR22pilot

macrumors member
Oct 26, 2014
73
20
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.
 

iamasmith

macrumors 6502a
Apr 10, 2015
588
183
Cheshire, UK
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.
I've a feeling that would be just the sort of scenario to make the legal team go over the release sanction again :D
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.