Samsung Racing to Beat Apple to Non-Invasive Blood Glucose Monitoring Technology

Samsung is striving to beat Apple to launch non-invasive blood glucose monitoring technology, as well as continuous blood pressure tracking features, Bloomberg reports.

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The efforts are part of the company's wider push to offer more health capabilities, embodied by the recent announcement of the Galaxy Ring, which touts activity and sleep tracking, with more health features set to arrive later. In a new interview, Samsung's mobile digital health chief Hon Pak said:

If we can do continuous blood pressure and glucose, we're in a whole different ballgame. I think that's where everyone is trying to get to. We're putting significant investment toward that.

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We are looking at everything from miniaturization to the various different technology platforms that can do some type of glucose monitoring or anything in between.

Pak declined to comment on a time frame for launching either of the features in specific Samsung devices, but believes that non-invasive glucose monitoring technology could come to market in some form within five years. Current blood glucose monitoring systems usually requires pricking the skin, but Apple has reportedly been working on a unique non-invasive approach for over a decade. The company is believed to have made major progress with the technology, increasing pressure on rivals to provide competing features.

While Samsung smartwatches already offer the ability to determine a user's blood pressure, the capability is not constant and requires specific calibration with a separate blood pressure monitor. Apple is purportedly planning to add hypertension detection to the Apple Watch later this year with no calibration requirement, but it will not provide exact readings, instead simply informing users that they may have elevated blood pressure.

Like Apple, Samsung is also reportedly exploring adding health sensors to future versions of its earbuds, such as body temperature and heart rate monitoring, since the ear is a closer pathway to the heart than the wrist. Health information from the ear could be combined with data already collected from the wrist for even greater accuracy.

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Top Rated Comments

sniffies Avatar
22 weeks ago
Take your time, Apple.

We prefer quality rather than Samsung's WE DID IT FIRST.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KPOM Avatar
22 weeks ago
Competition is a good thing that keeps both companies working to make their products better.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MuppetGate Avatar
22 weeks ago

Take your time, Apple.

We prefer quality rather than Samsung's WE DID IT FIRST.
If I remember, Samsung had a smart watch before Apple released the Apple Watch, so yes, being first to market doesn’t mean anything.

Yet another Bloomberg article attempting to shift share prices.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
moabal Avatar
22 weeks ago
Non-invasive glucose monitoring is the holy grail. If Apple can figure it out, everyone will get an Apple Watch.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Catasstrophy Avatar
22 weeks ago

Sigh.

Such features have their uses when needed, but I think it is not a good idea for most people to persistently monitor and to “doctor” themselves. We are setting up ourselves to become like Felix Unger from The Odd Couple. One Felix Unger was enough and funny, but millions or billions of them could be a healthcare mess.

I think companies should promote devices that encourages users to meditate, be still, or be mindful. These activities could alleviate or fix many of the chronic ailments that burden us today.
Companies literally do this, right now. Samsung and Apple both had it as headlining features in the last year or so. Unfortunately meditation and mindfulness doesn't make my body less insulin resistant.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
neuropsychguy Avatar
22 weeks ago

I wonder how you can measure blood glucose without any form of pricking the skin. What are the mechanics behind it?
There are other methods but this is who Apple has been partnering with: https://www.fastcompany.com/90730050/apple-partner-rockley-photonics-blood-sugar

"Current wearable glucose monitors detect glucose levels through the body fluid that runs between cells. It requires injecting a piece of filament into your arm through a needle, a process that’s not painful so much as it is jarring (especially for anyone with a fear of needles). Everyone agrees that being able to slap a smartwatch on your wrist to track glucose would be a far better experience, but it has been difficult to miniaturize the necessary technology.

"Rockley has figured out a way to make the necessary sensors small enough to fit on a wrist and developed machine learning to better understand a person’s glucose reading. It built a chip-based spectrophotometer, which means it can use a variety of light sources to measure biometrics through skin. The company then uses artificial intelligence to understand what those sugar levels mean within the context of an individual to answer whether their sugar is too high, too low, or average."
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)