According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Apple is working on a medical device with sensors that predict heart attacks. Last December a team of representatives from Apple met with the Food and Drug Administration, to seek approval for “mobile medical applications.” The team was lead by two doctors and a high official from the computer giant. The company also recently filed a few patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office related to a new technology that can pick up heath status of the human heart through electric signals.
It seems that Apple may be the next key player in the field of medical devices. Along with the rumored “iWatch”, we can only assume they are integrating medical and wearable technology. Wearable computers are a fairly new development, though we have seen its potential with the Pebble Smartwatch. The Pebble Smartwatch is a whole personal technology in itself and can be used in tandem to most smartphone apps.
The development and growth in wearable technology is promising. In London next month the Wearable Technology Conference and Expo will be taking place. Hundreds of start-ups, big names like Microsoft, Intel, along with spectators and leading techies will be gathering together. Start-up’s like the Minneapolis based Playtabase have already created buzz with their first product Reemo at the Wearable Technology Conference in Munich. The wrist-worn mouse was inspired from working with a stroke patient who couldn’t participate in everyday activities.
With Apple’s new move towards the medical device field and growing start-up’s like Playtabase, we will only see more development in wearable technology. Not only will the health industry get a huge economic boost from the new niche, they will be able to offer more options for patients. We look forward to what Apple and others have to contribute towards this much needed area of medical technology.