Apple and Samsung to explore Sugar Monitoring Technology for Smart Watches


Blood glucose tracking technology may be introduced by tech giants Samsung and Apple in their new smartwatches.

Samsung will announce three new wrist-based wearables at its Galaxy Unpacked event in the second half of 2021, according to the Korean technology news site ETNews. Possible titles include “Galaxy Watch 4” and “Galaxy Watch Active 3” for these smartwatches.

In Samsung’s next Galaxy Watch, the blood glucose tracking technology could involve an optical blood glucose detection module that does not entail the traditional pricking of a person’s finger to calculate blood sugar levels, or the implantation of a sensor under the skin to track blood glucose levels.

In its next-generation Apple Watch Series 7, Apple is also reported to be launching a related blood glucose tracking technology. A non-invasive optical sensor developed by Apple that doesn’t need an implant is said to allow the function.

In addition, the manufacturer of the Apple Watch allegedly acquired patents for blood glucose control and is now concentrating resources on “securing reliability and stability prior to commercialisation of the technology”

CNBC announced in 2017 that in order to track blood sugar levels, Apple recruited a team of 30 biomedical engineers to focus on sensors. To gauge glucose, the sensors will shine a light through the skin.

A related argument that year was made by Tech site BGR claiming that Apple could launch interchangeable “smartwatch bands” with numerous functions. A’ game-changing health function’ is claimed to be one of them.

As for Samsung, though ETNews did not quote or reference the specifics of a company spokesperson, a non-invasive method of measuring blood sugar levels was created by the Korean tech company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the findings were released early last year in Science Advances, a research journal from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The blood glucose tracking technology of Samsung and Apple stands to support the diabetes management of Singapore at the customer level, given the technology of the smartwatches is accepted for usage here.

The government of Singapore invests more than $1 billion annually on the population’s diabetes management and has also waged war on diabetes since 2016. The nation also predicts one million inhabitants of Singapore to have diabetes by 2050.