Bloomberg: Apple Developing EKG Monitor for Watch

Good scoop by Alex Webb at Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. is developing an advanced heart-monitoring feature for future versions of its smartwatch, part of a broader push by the company to turn what was once a luxury fashion accessory into a serious medical device, according to people familiar with the plan.

A version being tested requires users to squeeze the frame of the Apple Watch with two fingers from the hand that’s not wearing the device, one of the people said. It then passes an imperceptible current across the person’s chest to track electrical signals in the heart and detect any abnormalities like irregular heart rates. Such conditions can increase the risk of strokes and heart failure and develop in about one-quarter of people over 40, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As someone who recently had a bit of a heart scare—my EKG results came back normal, thankfully—I find this incredibly exciting news. Every bit of Apple Watch news is exciting, as Apple is clearly invested in pushing the device’s health and fitness capabilities even further.