According to Christina Farr at CNBC, Tim Cook has been test-driving a glucose monitor somehow tied to an Apple Watch:
A source said that Cook was wearing a prototype glucose-tracker on the Apple Watch, which points to future applications that would make the device a “must have” for millions of people with diabetes — or at risk for the disease.
Farr goes on:
At the University of Glasgow, he reiterated Apple’s commitment to the health space and spoke about the struggles faced by people with diabetes.
“It’s mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a day to check your blood sugar,” he said. “There is lots 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.”
I spoke to a friend of mine with diabetes last night. Devices like this that offer continuous glucose monitoring without the need for sticking one’s self exists, can be bulky and uncomfortable. If you are already wearing a pump, having another device, to quote my friend “can be just too much.”
However, if a future Apple Watch can track this, it could open up continuous monitoring to more people. It seems like a very Apple-like thing to tackle, despite previous comments from Apple that they don’t want to have the Watch tangled up in FDA approval.