Samsung is developing a skin-friendly blood sugar monitor
Samsung is exploring the development of non-invasive glucose monitoring and continuous blood pressure monitoring as it targets ambitious healthcare targets in a competition with Apple and other tech giants. This is reported by Bloomberg.
The work is part of a broader push to bring health features to a range of devices, including the just-announced Galaxy Ring and future headphones. This was said by Samsung CEO Hong Park, who is overseeing the effort. The company aims to provide consumers with a complete picture of their well-being with the help of sensors on various parts of the body and at home.
Health tracking is already a key selling point for smartphones and watches, and Alphabet Inc’s Samsung, Apple and Google. use these features to attract and retain customers. Creating sensors for continuous blood pressure and glucose monitoring would be a particularly valuable breakthrough.
Apple has been working for years on a glucose reader that won’t require users to prick their skin to draw blood. This is a potential boon for millions of diabetics.
“If we can measure blood pressure and glucose continuously, we’re in a whole different game. I think that’s where everyone is trying to get to. We are making significant investments in this,” said Park, Samsung’s head of mobile digital health.
He wouldn’t comment on timelines for implementing any of these features, but hopes that non-invasive glucose monitoring could be on the market in some form within 5 years.
According to Pak, the Galaxy Ring product will be released by the end of 2024 and will be available in different colors and sizes.
The company is currently eyeing activity and sleep tracking for the ring, with more health features coming later.
Smart rings from companies like Oura offer an alternative for people who don’t like wearing a watch but still want to track their health and sleep patterns.
Park said Samsung has yet to set a final price for the Galaxy Ring, but like the company’s Galaxy Watch, it likely won’t be compatible with Apple’s iPhone.
Developing a blood sugar monitor would be a more challenging task, but one that could bring significant benefits. Modern products on the market, as a rule, require a blood sample or a skin prick, which is a rather intrusive process.
The two companies are also working to improve blood pressure monitoring. Samsung smartwatches have long offered the ability to measure a user’s blood pressure, but monitoring is not constant throughout the day and requires calibration with a stand-alone blood pressure monitor.
Apple’s expansion into medical technology has not been smooth sailing. The company recently removed the blood oxygen measurement feature from the Apple Watch after a legal setback in a patent dispute with Masimo Corp.
Samsung also new ways to measure body temperature and heart rate: the ear is a closer route to the heart than the wrist. Data from the ear can be combined with wrist and environmental data to give users a more complete picture of their health.
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