Apple CEO Tim Cook has been spotted around the Apple Campus testing a prototype glucose monitor that was connected to his Apple Watch.
CNBC reports that Cook is looking to better understand his blood sugar and how it’s affected by diet and exercise.
“I’ve been wearing a continuous glucose monitor for a few weeks,” he said. “I just took it off before coming on this trip.”
This monitor that Cook was spotted wearing could also help diabetics and possibly prevent people from becoming diabetics. Back in February, Cook talked about a glucose monitor while he was attending a meeting with students at the University of Glasgow.
Tim Cook also talked about the device to a roomful of students in February at the University of Glasgow, where he received an honorary degree. He didn’t say if it was a medical device from a company like Medtronic or Dexcom, or an Apple prototype.
“It’s mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a day to check your blood sugar,” he said “There is a lot of hope out there that if someone has constant knowledge of what they’re eating, they can instantly know what causes the response…and that they can adjust well before they become diabetic.”
It was rumored that Apple’s next focus in the health field is a glucose monitor and yesterday’s report by CNBC only confirms this. Apple is said to have a team of biomedical engineers that is developing sensors for non-invasive monitoring blood sugar levels. Current glucose monitoring systems require a small under-skin sensor which helps monitor glucose levels. Apple is working on developing a continuous monitoring system that won’t require an under-skin sensor.
In the past, Cook said that he doesn’t want the Apple Watch to go through the FDA approval process, which will have to happen if Apple wants the Apple Watch to feature a glucose monitor. If Apple decides to make a modular add-on smart band the company won’t have to worry about the FDA oversight and can still add more advanced health tracking.
It’s unclear if the monitor Cook was spotted wearing is the same monitor he was talking about a few months ago or if they are unrelated. It’s also unclear if Apple itself made the monitor or if it was made by a third-party company, nonetheless, this will make a huge impact on the lives of many people when it’s officially unveiled.