Was a Glucometer confirmed on Series 3

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  1. technofunky macrumors member

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    I saw the apple watch ad yesterday where a man was talking about his daughter having Diabetes and that apple watch helped him track the blood sugar. I had also read that Tim was testing some sort of glucometer. Was such a thing confirmed on Series 3. I tried googling but all I get is that news about Tim trying a glucometer.
     
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    They talked about it, but they didn't announce that its part of the phone and I don't see it on the apple.com watch page, so I'd say no, its not part of the series 3 watch
     
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    I noticed that too (professional interest not personal) and thought it was really odd (or unprofessional) that the mention wasn't backed up in the tech presentation.

    Apple really need to step with some innovation here instead of laughable incremental updates. Non-invasive glucometry is already out there.

    Timmy says "we're serious about health" :rolleyes: All talk. The Stanford Heart Study is very basic 5-year old telemedicine at best.
     
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    They were referring to an external glucometer, paired with the watch.
     
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    in that clip they mentioned that the monitor was connected to the apple watch.... so I guess the notifications were pushed to the phone from another monitor

    I got the impression that the stories in that film were about previous generations though, not Series 3.
     
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    That short video was supposedly letters written to Apple from current Apple Watch owners. I believe when they said that her glucose monitor was integrated with the Apple Watch, they meant that the two devices work together in a cohesive system to keep them aware of her condition. I have a relative that has a young son in a similar situation, only they use their iPhones connected to his monitor to keep tabs on his condition 24/7.

    If it were part of the Series 3, Apple certainly would have made that a top priority to mention, even if it wasn't active at launch (similar to portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus).
     
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    Non-ivasive testing is NOT out there...blood is always needed. Id like to see where you based your statement from?
     
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    How do you test the level of sugar in the blood without blood?

    Also, I thought it was clear that the Apple Watch was just communicating with the glucose meter, either bluetooth or some other format.
     
  9. mikemj23, Sep 13, 2017
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    I use a glucose sensor coupled with my Apple Watch.

    In the ad they were likely referring to a Dexcom G5 that the daughter wears and the parents are able to "follow" her numbers via the Dexcom app. The Dexcom sensor transmits to the iPhone via Bluetooth in a transmitter connected to the glucose sensor which has a filament embedded under the skin. The parents would be able to glance at their watch to get real time glucose reading of their daughter.

    There is no current non-invasive way to measure glucose on the market and we'll be lucky if there is one in the next 3-5 years. As a side note, cool thing with WatchOS 4 is that the Dexcom sensor will be able to communicate directly to the watch without the iPhone as the pass through.

    If the Apple Watch offered non invasive glucose sensing, it would be a MAJOR announcement and advancement, not only for Apple but for also for the healthcare world in general.
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    Simply not true.
     
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    This!!
     
  11. technofunky thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you guys, I should have given more attention to that AD, I thought apple invented some non-invasive glucometer within the watch.
     
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    They can't make it part of the watch until it goes through clinical trials and FDA approval.
     
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    My daughter has a Dexcom glucose meter that has an app for the watch.
     
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    If you don't mind, can you share a picture of the interface and how it works. I work in the field and find this stuff intriguing.
     
  15. mikemj23, Sep 27, 2017
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    I am dying for Dex to flip on the functionality to let the transmitter speak directly to the watch without the iPhone as a pass through (watchOS 4 brings introduces this capability) Although, I assume you are using Share to monitor your daughter's BS remotely. In that case, you'd still want the iPhone as the pass through.

    Either way, I love having my BS on my Apple Watch and the functionality will only get better with time (no pun meant).
     
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    Dexcom and Apple are working on a direct to watch functionality. Next year would be my guess.
     
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    I guessing it will be for the G6
     
  18. mikemj23 macrumors 6502

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    The capability/functionality was enabled with support for Core Bluetooth in watchOS4. Dexcom needs to issue an app update to enable it or perhaps build a new app to enable it.
     
  19. tivoboy, Sep 28, 2017
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    A transdermal sensor would be the ultimate in convenience and user experience, but they have been around a while and don't work too well.

    There has been some talk of an optical sensor being able to do this but again, I don't think the quality is going to compare to something like the dexcom. We have some sensor in Europe that are not yet FDA approved and they could be interesting. Much cheaper than a current dexcom type of insertable sensor and easier to get in place for 15-30 day usage and offer a proximity based data upload capability. I have the feeling one could get to the point that you could raise you watch to the sensor and do the transfer that way.

    Wireless transmission is probably not in the cards for that too easily.

    UPDATED:

    A quick update, apparently the Abbvie shoulder CGM was approved by the FDA yesterady 9/27/17 so one should be able to get them fairly soon.
     

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