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Could an Apple device detect your next heart attack?

If Google wants to stop people ageing, then it looks like Apple wants to help prevent some of the maladies that come with age.

A San Francisco Chronicle article talking about Apple’s talks with car company Tesla reveals that the Cupertino-based giant is exploring technology that can help predict heart attacks.

The team looking at the new technologies is led by Tomlinson Holman, who is something of a legend in the sound space, having helped invent THX and 10.2 Surround Sound.

That might seem odd, but it makes a little more sense when you learn that the company is exploring ways to detect heart attacks by studying the sound blood makes as it flows through the body’s arteries.

As Mashable points out though, in order for the sensor to make sense, it would probably have to communicate with something that could be worn on the body at all times.

While the tech news site reckons that could point to a possible iWatch tie-in we’re not so sure. Right now, smartwatch batteries just don’t last long enough to have any real medical application. If the heart attack prevention technology is meant to work in sync with a wearable it’s unlikely to do so for a good few years yet.

Author | Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas
Stuart is the editor-in-chief of Engage Me Online. After pursuing an MA in South African literature, he spent five years reporting on the global technology scene. Intrigued by the intersection of technology and work, he joined Engage Me as the editor-in-chief. He is a passionate runner, and recently ran... More
  • Jim5437532

    I think Tesla could be a bad liability for Apple. Tesla is a bubble that might bust finally and badly. Tesla’s false claims & disregard for safety is increasingly putting itself in a position of liability.

    Tesla has been dragging its feet on safety and the recall. Tesla manufactures more excuses, then cars.

    The most recent Tesla garage fire to hit the news was in Toronto. The car supposedly wasn’t even plugged in, so the charging system isn’t likely to be a source. I’m hoping to hear reports from the fire departments investigation, because I don’t trust Tesla’s “fire investigations”, which seem more like coverups.

    There has been at least five Tesla fires. Two Teslas caught on fire after only running over road debris. One Tesla caught on fire and exploded after being in an accident in Mexico. There was a Tesla fire in a California garage, that the Tesla charger connection was ruled as a possible source of the fire by the fire department. Recently there was a Tesla garage fire in Toronto, that so far I haven’t heard the fire department give a ruling. Arguably there has been scores, possibly hundreds of minor Tesla fires. There has been a plethora of Tesla charge connectors that have overheated, melted and burned. Though many Tesla shills will argue that they are not fire. Categorically and scientifically they are often classified as fire. Rapid oxidation or rapid decomposition is often classified as fire. Like the metaphor; where there is smoke, there is fire.

    A few months ago there was a Tesla related garage fire in California that the fire department ruled that the Tesla charging system was a possible source of the fire. The suspect portion of the Tesla charging system that the fire department in California determined was a possible source of the California garage fire, is also suspected in many other Tesla charger reported cases that Tesla charge connections have overheated, melted and burned. Tesla issued a software “fix”, however Tesla charge connectors have continued to overheat, melt and burn despite the so-called “fix”.

    The Tesla model S. still has defects that make it a fire hazard. Tesla charger connections are still overheating, melting and burning. Tesla batteries are poorly located and poorly protected. Tesla is Junk.

    On 1/9/2014 Elon Musk said that replacement adapters that are part of the recall would be mailed out within two weeks. A month later Tesla customers have still not received the replacement adapters that are part of the Tesla model S. recall.

    Several people have been injured by faulty Tesla charge connectors. Tesla is big on making promises and hype, but short on delivery. Tesla needs to start making safety a top priority. Tesla needs to stop playing blame games and games with semantics. Tesla needs to stop lying. Tesla needs to be proactive instead of reactive. Tesla is being a follower of technology, rather than a leader. Tesla is a greedy corporation that has a disregard for safety. The Tesla model S. is an E-Pinto.

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