07 February 2018
Apple has been granted a patent at US patent office, which describes an electronic device that includes a camera, an ambient light sensor, and a proximity sensor. The invention seems related to an iPhone that computes health data. It may be beneficial for a user to have information about his or her health data, including fitness and wellness data.
The patent says:
The electronic device uses one or more of the camera and the proximity sensor to emit light into a body part of a user touching a surface of the electronic device and one or more of the camera, the ambient light sensor, and the proximity sensor to receive at least part of the emitted light reflected by the body part of the user.
The electronic device computes health data of the user based upon sensor data regarding the received light.
The health data may include one or more of a variety of different wellness, fitness, and/or other parameters relating to the health of a user such as: a blood pressure index, a blood hydration, a body fat content, an oxygen saturation, a pulse rate, a perfusion index, an electrocardiogram, a photoplethysmogram, and/or any other such health data.
The electronic device computes health data of the user based upon sensor data regarding the received light. Health data may be further computed based on the electrical measurement obtained using the electrical contacts.
For example, health data may indicate emergency conditions or to enable the user to maximize fitness or wellness activities. Nothing has been decided on when this patent will be implemented by Apple.