Health Developers, Doctors Want To See More From Apple's Watch

Posted: Sep 12 2014, 5:13am CDT | by , in News | Apple

Health developers, doctors want to see more from Apple's watch
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Observers say there is little evidence for now that the device's fitness capabilities surpass the competition

According to the prediction of most tech pundits, a few fitness wristbands and smartwatches will be taken towards their demise as the Apple iWatch launches. However, some other healthcare professionals and fitness junkies are still waiting to see some more of it. According to most of the observers, there isn’t enough information to judge whether the iWatch will be able to surpass the completion in terms of the device's fitness capabilities or not. Since CEO Tim Cook announced how sensors are "set to explode”, we have been wondering what else is in store for us.

Reuters has reported that two sources who were well aware of Apple’s plans have revealed that the fruit company is all set to unveil richer health features and additional sensors in later versions and the first evidence of this is not going to be welcomed into the market up till early 2015. Considering Apple is keeping its plans regarding the iWatch private, the sources are being held discreetly.

Apple unveiled its iWatch this Thursday and it was revealed that the gadget is exclusively designed to be used alongside the iPhone. However, it can also be used independently and will serve as a multifunctional device with abilities to track activity and measure movemtns and heart rates with the help of an accelerometer. The watch also provides a little source of entertainment for the runners who can use the Bluetooth headphone to listen to music. Recalling what we said earlier about Apple competing with other watches in the market such as Jawbone's UP or the Fitbit, it brings us to think how other smartwatches have the features which have been designed to perform all these features.

It is important for Apple to attract two most important consumers groups who can use the iWatch. First there are the self-professed "quantified selfers" who have the habit of keeping track of their body metrics such as food intake and sleep and then there are those who are in ‘need’ of these gadgets because they have certain chronic medical conditions. Such gadgets can also be useful for the care providers of the sick.

Joshua Landy, a Toronto, Canada-based critical care specialist and the chief medical officer for Figure 1, a health startup said "I'd need to see data that it's useful before buying the watch or recommending it to colleagues.” Landy finds the data collected from this iWatch equally helpful as he would on the notebook. While describing the health and fitness aspects as "table stakes” technology analyst for IDC, Danielle Levitas, said "I was expecting there to be some true healthcare applications that would take it a step further beyond wellness.”

source: reuters

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