03 May 2021
Samsung’s next Galaxy Watch is said to be equipping an optical sensor to monitor blood sugar in the users. A report from ETNews sheds light on what Samsung must be planning for its next Galaxy Watch. The report also states that Samsung is prepping to launch as many as three smart wearables this year, however, it is currently unknown whether or not all three will have this blood glucose monitoring feature.
The report puts names of two smart wearables from Samsung that are expected to include blood glucose monitoring features. These are Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 3. The report didn’t share the specifics of this feature but it did make a mention of an invention that Samsung together with MIT developed last year.
The report states experts at Samsung and MIT developed a non-invasive method that utilizes a technique known as Raman spectroscopy. They developed a method that uses the laser to monitor blood sugar levels in the body. The laser identifies the chemical composition in the body and offers the “highest prediction accuracies among non-invasive technologies.”
As described by Samsung while announcing its advancement in the field, non-invasive methods minimize patient’s pain and discomfort as, unlike the conventional methods they do not invade the body with instruments to draw blood.
It is believed that the upcoming wearables from Samsung are utilizing this new method only to determine the sugar levels in the blood.
Interestingly, Samsung is not alone that is be working in this area. Apple is also said to be equipping the blood sugar monitoring feature for diabetic patients in its upcoming offering. It is possible that we may see it coming in the Apple Watch Series 7. It is speculated that Apple will use a different technique for measuring blood sugar levels.