Apple, Google, Samsung to take on diabetes with wearables

56Apple, Google, and Samsung are exploring sensors for wearable devices that could measure glucose levels for diabetics, according to a Reuters report that cites people with knowledge of the companies’ plans

The sensors would be non-invasive — something that would appeal to people who must currently take blood samples to measure their glucose levels.

Samsung already offers wearable devices, including the company’s Galaxy Gearsmartwatch. Google, which is hosting its annual I/O developers conference this week, offers a platform called Google Wear that allows companies to run Android on their wearable devices. Apple, meanwhile, has been rumored to be working on an iWatch that has yet to be revealed.

Regardless of the stage their efforts thus far, the companies are all after a key feature: health monitoring. Countless reports over the last several months have suggested that all three firms are looking at ways to bundle sensors into wearable devices that would track key health data. All three firms have built some health features into their respective products, but have mainly stuck to simple items such as miles walked.  More