A patent application published Thursday suggests Apple is working to turn Apple Watch into a full-fledged medical device, one that can monitor a user’s vital signs and automatically send out an alert should they need urgent care.
As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s application for “Care event detection and alerts
” provides for a hardware system capable of monitoring its surrounding environment for so-called “care events,” described as any event that necessitates assistance from medical personnel, police, fire rescue or other emergency technicians. For example, the device could be programmed to monitor a user’s heart for an arrhythmia and, upon detection, send out an alert to family or emergency responders.
While not specifically mentioned in the document, Apple Watch is uniquely qualified to fulfill the proposed system’s goals. Apple’s wearable not only incorporates advanced sensors and processing hardware capable of monitoring for care events,…
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