Apple surprised the users when it included an electrocardiogram function in the Apple Watch 4 (only available in the US for now), but the company could go a step further. Future iPhone and Apple Watch models might detect blood pressure using Apple’s Force Touch technology in the future.
Expanding the functions dedicated to health and medicine in the gadgets we use has been trending of late, becoming, subsequently, a strategic focus for the tech giants out there. Apple took the lead with Apple Watch by integrating a heartbeat sensor with its first model.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal concerning a study conducted by Dr. Mukkamala, the optical force-based sensors that are already in use in smartphones can be further exploited in order to be able to detect blood pressure.
Dr. Mukkamala’s team created a demo app for the iPhone that can calculate blood pressure. The results are of course, less precise, but they are comparable to those obtained with instruments that detect arterial pressure with the sensors placed on the patient’s finger.
Of course, Apple might not follow this path, but it does open new hypotheses concerning the development of such technologies.