Is the Future of Medicine at Your Wrist?By Andrea Villar | Thu, 09/17/2020 - 17:21
Apple does not intend to be left behind during the pandemic. On Tuesday, the company led by Tim Cook presented the new Apple Watch Series 6, which includes a new sensor that measures oxygenation in the blood and other features that aim to increase the number of health services available to the user. To measure blood oxygen, Apple Watch uses red and infrared light and artificial intelligence algorithms to give results in 15s. It also takes measurements in the background which are stored in the health app so parameters can be set and users can be warned if levels fall below recommended levels.
Sumbul Desai, Vice President of Health at Apple, explained that this improvement will serve to see how the respiratory system, lungs and the balance of blood components work. "We want to analyze how to better control asthma using physiological signals from the Apple Watch," said Desai at the virtual event.
Likewise, the iPhone manufacturer is making alliances with various health institutions to measure the effectiveness of the new sensor and even determine if it is capable of detecting a person with COVID-19. Part of this strategy includes Fitness+, a service where Apple users will be able to access personalized workouts by paying a subscription, which will be synchronized with the clock to record the metrics in real time.
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