By Heart: Your Very Own iPhone Cardiac Sensor

Wed, May 26, 2010

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Apple’s latest endeavor could be core to mobile health care of the future.

The iPhone is smart enough to be your home or office computer’s mini-version, so what’s to keep Steve Jobs from becoming your mini-health monitor?

iPhone maker Apple has applied for a patent on an integrated sensor that can monitor a user’s cardiac activity.

Using the technology of biometric recognition, the sensors – embedded into the phone’s case – are able to read your heart rhythm, and tell your identity, according to an Unwired View blog post.

The health care industry could very well benefit from Apple’s new heart sensor, but much will depend on how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deals with regulating diagnostic and therapeutic medical apps.

The sensor might ultimately be able to determine the user’s mood. “I imagine it would also be able to alarm…

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