Apple secured a patent for an electronic health data device, indicating the company’s continued interest in medical devices.
The device computes health data using sensors and electronic interfacing with the user’s body parts. It uses a camera, a proximity sensor, an ambient light sensor and a processing unit to track measures ranging from blood pressure index and pulse rate to oxygen saturation.
The patent award follows reports that the company has plans for a noninvasive blood sugar monitor. It is collaborating with glucose monitoring company Dexcom to integrate glucose sensors with Apple watches.