Over the last few years, technology companies have concentrated a large part of their efforts in the field of health. It is a millionaire profit business but they also offer equipment with functions that help improve the quality of life. For this reason, from Microsoft to Google already have contracted doctors who work as advisers in the development of this type of innovation. While the most recent case is the Apple Watch 8 that plans to continue and improve what has been done so far.
In the beginning, the company designed this device as a smartwatch that works beyond offering the time. It was from the Series 4 model that important new features were added aimed at the sanitary world. Even from that moment on, it was considered to classify it as a medical device.
With each of the new models that the company has published, the functions of this type have increased. Although something very clear is that from the beginning it has been emphasized that its objective is to support the work of medical personnel and not to replace them. With this in mind, it is in no way a substitute for the regular check-ups and consultations that everyone should attend.
All this comes to mind because this September 14 Apple will hold an event to present its news. Among the most prominent products are the iPhone 13, the AirPods 3 and the Apple Watch 7. But although the day has not yet come, now the first details of the next generation of equipment have already been released.
What will it have new?
With this in mind, The Wall Street Journal It has already revealed the first details of the Apple Watch 8 that would arrive at any time in 2022. Among the novelties that it would include is a blood pressure sensor, a blood glucose sensor designed for patients with diabetes and new sleep monitoring functions or body temperature sensors.
Features already available
Additionally, it is worth remembering the functions that the commercially available model and that will be maintained in all future releases. Among them is sleep monitoring to analyze the health of each user, as well as monitoring of hand washing. When it identifies that too long has passed without this hygiene habit, it will send a reminder. Within the current context it is very important due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It also allows detecting the incidence of atrial fibrosis and has a system that detects accidental falls and allows the emergency services to be called automatically if the event has left the user vulnerable.
To the list is added the function called Movement Disorder API, which is specially designed for patients with Parkinson’s because it allows monitoring the two main symptoms of people affected with this neurodegenerative condition: tremor in the hands and dyskinesia, information that can be compiled by means of graphs to determine the progress or deterioration of the patient and thus help the doctor in charge.
Finally, it also makes it possible to detect sleep disturbances, one of the most frequent disorders among the population and which reduces the quality of life of patients.
With this in mind, although there is still a long way to go to have the Apple Watch 8, everything indicates that it would be a vital aid for medical personnel.