Huawei is the latest company looking to equip smartwatches with blood glucose level measuring capabilities. A company executive recently revealed that the Chinese firm is working on this feature but didn’t share many details. The firm will leverage its TruSeen module, a proprietary heart rate monitoring technology, with advanced capabilities for blood glucose monitoring.
As of now, no technology can measure blood glucose levels non-invasively. Works are ongoing but the closest anyone has gone so far is also shaping up to be a bigger device than a smartwatch. Huawei believes it can make it happen on the tiny wrist-worn device with its TruSeen technology.
The TruSeen module is now on its fifth generation. It uses multiple sensors that work in tandem to accurately measure your heart rate even during intense physical activities. The company’s neural network AI technology helps with the measurement. The latest version of the TruSeen module comes with an upgraded algorithm to further reduce external interference. It can also now measure blood oxygen saturation more accurately.
Going forward, Huawei aims to give more power to the TruSeen module with further technological advancements. It is working with medical institutions to develop non-invasive blood glucose monitoring technology with a system for flagging potential issues early.
Additionally, Huwaei also plans to equip smartwatches with long-term health assessment capabilities. It will screen for pulmonary irregularities to detect any developing health complications in advance. Altitude health management is another advanced feature that the company is working on. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Huawei wants to notify users of how their body is adapting to high altitudes where the atmospheric pressure is low so they can take precautionary measures.
Smartwatches may soon start measuring your blood glucose level
No smartwatch or fitness tracker can today measure the glucose level of your blood. But several companies such as Samsung and Fitbit are exploring this possibility. Huawei is now joining this race and sounds pretty confident to pull it off.
Of course, it’s easier said than done. But if these companies could equip the wrist wearables with non-invasive blood glucose level measuring capabilities, it would revolutionize the healthcare industry. It will not only help people suffering from diabetes but also go a long way in preventing the disease. Users would be able to keep a much closer tab on their blood glucose levels and see how their bodies respond to certain food and activities. As such, they can alter their lifestyle and eating habits to avoid diabetes.
There’s no telling when the first crop of smartwatches with such advanced health capabilities will arrive. But with so many companies working on it, we may not be too far from it. Time will tell who comes out first with a wrist-worn device that can measure the glucose level of your blood.