Apple blood pressure monitor may arrive soon
Apple gets a patent of a cuff wearable device equipped with a sensor to monitor blood pressure rate.
It seems like Apple is greatly interested in healthcare products and taking the company beyond the healthcare apps. According to US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple, recently, is granted a patent of wearable device that is used to track patient’s blood pressure when it gets too high or too low. The cuff wearable is expected to feature a touchscreen display and might be Bluetooth compatible.
Reportedly, a blood pressure monitoring system is comprised of a pressure sensor, an expandable structure consists of a large number of expandable cells, lies within expandable cells there are least three expandable cells or two repeating expandable cells and an expansion actuator configured to expand the expandable member.
The design is unarguably similar to any other blood pressure measuring device that works through airbags or cells that exert significant pressure on wearers arms and cut off the blood flow. The device then gets a measure of maximum heart output that is what we call systolic pressure and later gets a resting output called diastolic pressure.
According to the patent, the new Apple’s device is planned to have either one sensor or several, in each airbag to monitor the blood’s pressure as it flows through the user’s arm or leg. There is an “actuator” as well to measure how much pressure is needed to get a good reading without crushing the user’s arm entirely.
Yesterday we reported that Apple is adding a new Application Programming Interface (API) to its ResearchKit framework that will enable Apple Watch to monitor the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. In a world where neural diseases and blood pressure is increasingly on rising, Apple’s move to focus on health care needs clearly makes a sense.