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Biomedical Engineers at Apple team is developing sensors to monitor Diabetes


New York, April 13, 2017: A secret team of biomedical engineers at Apple is working on an initiative to develop sensors that can non-invasively and continuously monitor blood sugar levels to better treat diabetes.

According to a report by CNBC on Wednesday, the team is working at a non-descript office, miles from corporate headquarters. The initiative was envisioned by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

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If such sensors are successfully developed, that would be a breakthrough as it is highly challenging to track glucose levels accurately without piercing the skin. It can help millions of people turn devices like Apple Watch into a must-have.

“The initiative is far enough along that Apple has been conducting feasibility trials at clinical sites across the Bay Area and has hired consultants to help it figure out the regulatory pathways,” the report quoted anonymous people related to Apple as saying.

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Jobs had envisioned that wearable devices, like smartwatches, could be used to monitor oxygen levels, heart rate and blood glucose.

Apple is developing optical sensors, which involves shining a light through the skin to measure indications of glucose, the report noted. (IANS)

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Apple nearly doubles self-driving fleet in California

Registering 18 new vehicles since January, Apple has expanded its self-driving car programme rapidly

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  • Apple has registered new vehicles in its self-driving programme
  • The company had 27 self-driving cars
  • Other tech companies are doing similar things too

Registering 18 new vehicles since January, Apple has expanded its self-driving car programme rapidly and now has 45 autonomous vehicles registered with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles. The company had 27 self-driving cars until late January.

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Apple has 27 registered self-driving cars. IANS

“Apple has nearly doubled the number of self-driving cars in its California test fleet. The number of cars is more than companies like Google, Waymo, and Uber have and is second only to General Motors which performs tests with Cruise — its self-driving division,” the Financial Times reported late on Tuesday.

Behind Apple is Tesla which currently has 39 self-driving vehicles, and Uber which has 29 cars. Codenamed “Project Titan”, Apple’s self-driving programme’s fleet is reportedly made up of Lexus RX450h SUVs each of which is fitted with huge racks of LIDAR and radar sensors as well as cameras.

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“The Cupertino-headquartered company is expected to produce a platform for ride-hailing services, most likely in partnership with third parties,” according to Apple Insider.

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“Alternately, it could revert to designing its own electric vehicle but the company would need to contract with outside factories to build it,” the report added. IANS

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