Apple may have finally found a way to integrate blood pressure tracking into its smartwatches. The latest patent filed by Apple in this area was discovered by Patently Apple. He mentions a removable blood pressure sensor that could one day end up on a future Apple Watch.
- Apple’s new patent hints at a blood pressure measuring device attached to the Apple Watch
- The device will use an inflatable mechanism and an air pump
- It is not yet known if this feature will be integrated into an Apple smartwatch.
At the beginning of the year, Bloomberg reported that Apple had postponed plans to monitor blood pressure on its smartwatches until 2024 after encountering several issues during testing. Fortunately, Apple engineers seem to have found a solution.
Apple Watch: Soon blood pressure monitoring on the smartwatch?
According to the patent filed, the Cupertino company could use a separate device to measure the level of blood pressure. The sketch shows a compact device that is attached and sandwiched between the bracelet and the back of the wrist. It consists of stacked elements, including a liquid-filled sensor that would help determine pressure changes, as well as sensing mechanisms.
The patent also mentions an inflatable diaper and an air pump that would serve to compress the user’s arteries before deflating so that the sensor stack can read changes in blood pressure level. This function is comparable to that of a conventional blood pressure measuring device which compresses the arm and, in turn, compresses the blood vessels inside using a cuff. However, Apple’s solution seems much trickier because it involves tiny mechanical and electronic parts.
In addition, the data collected by the device will then be sent and interpreted by an Apple Watch. On the other hand, Apple could implement a standalone and compact blood pressure detection device without relying on a smartwatch but sending the data to iPhone.
The patent filed does not mean that the technology will be integrated into Apple’s connected watches. But given Apple’s recent focus on improving health tracking capabilities on its smartwatches, we’re not ruling out the possibility of seeing a built-in feature related to blood pressure or even blood sugar tracking. in the next two or three generations.
With Apple expected to announce the Watch Series 8 in October, what new smartwatch features are you most looking forward to?