According to a research note from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, Apple’s rumored iWatch may include a UV light exposure sensor manufactured by Texas based Silicon Labs.
Silicon Labs announced the new sensors in February, which it claims are industry’s first single-chip digital ultraviolet index sensors.
They’re designed to track UV sun exposure, heart/pulse rate and blood oximetry (is a non-invasive method for monitoring O2 saturation) and provide proximity/gesture control for smartphone and wearable computing products. They are available in a 10-pin 2 mm x 2 mm QFC package. Barclays analyst has this to say in the research note:
These chips measure UV exposure to aid those with elevated risk of sunburn or just a general concern about excessive sun exposure, and we believe they may be of appealing to OEMs looking to differentiate in a crowded market. To that end, while these products have seen little public hype thus far, we believe SLAB has a win in Apple’s upcoming iWatch (late 2H14 or early 2015).
It has been widely speculated that iWatch will feature a plethora of biomedical sensors to keep track of your health, and help you stay fit. Apple is said to use the multitude of sensors on the rumored iWatch to get data into Healthbook — an iOS 8 app the company is working. The app will monitor your most important health statistics like steps taken, calories burned, weight lost and more. Besides basic fitness information, the Healthbook app will reportedly also track vital signs like blood pressure, and heart rate.
I am quite excited by all that I am hearing about the iWatch, though I would take this with a grain of salt as it is just a prediction by an analyst based on the features offered by Silicon Labs new chip, and not based on insider information. Are you looking forward to the iWatch? Let me know in the comments below.[Barrons via AppleInsider, iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton]