Diabetes technology is changing faster than ever before. With products like blood-sugar-tracking contact lenses and artificial pancreases on the horizon, diabetes management is rising to new heights. Now companies like Apple, Samsung and Google are taking it a step further by looking into diabetes wearables that will transform the way we manage the disease.
In the near future checking your blood sugar levels may be as simple as glancing at your wristwatch. Companies are now hiring medical scientists and engineers to help develop glucose monitoring features in future wearables devices.
“The first round of technology may be limited, but eventually the companies could compete in a global blood-sugar-tracking market worth over $12 billion by 2017,” research firm GlobalData says to Reuters.
Replacing the finger prick, this new non-invasive technology will use electricity or ultrasound to measure glucose through the skin. Other technology may use special light that shines through the skin using a spectroscope to measure glucose levels.
With so many exciting new devices in the future, diabetes care and management could become easier. It’s also reassuring knowing that these large companies recognize the need and are raising awareness by diverting some of their resources to making the lives of those with diabetes a little easier.