Several have introduced health-centric gadgets, such as the Samsung Gear Fit and Jawbone Up24, and countless others are working on smart glucose meters and similar products. Other companies see an opportunity to mine patient data or collect readings on individuals to predict when they'll get sick and tailor treatment.
Health has become a big focus area for companies across the tech sector.
Parkinson's was one of the first areas it talked about. There's an app to assess if a patient has Parkinson's, listening to them talking, measuring their walking and looking for tremors when they touch the screen.
Apple unveiled ResearchKit during its Apple Watch event in March 2015. The software was designed to help medical professionals build apps and collect data about patients in an easy, consistent manner.
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"ResearchKit is opening up all kind of possiblities."
There are some subtypes of diabetes, it found
"Diabetes, Mass General's study of Type 2 diabetes found some people respond completely differently."
"Mt. Sinai's asthma app discovered asthma triggers in all 50 states."
"With ResearchKit, anyone anywhere can participate."
Parkinson study became the largest Parkinson study in less than 24 hours
"So what happened. Virtually overnight the research studies we watched changed some of the industries."
"Last year we introduced ResearchKit. Our goal was to use technology to solve some of the biggest problems facing medical research."
Jeff Williams, chief operating officer, is up to talk about progress with ResearchKit
"The second initiative we'd like to talk about is health."
"Power Apple on 100% renewable energy is an incredibly bold initiative."
We're listening to Sia right now.
We're getting the warning that the presentation will be starting shortly.
Those cases were about things like carpet color. Computers, let alone smartphones, didn't even exist at that time.
There was some other big legal news for Apple this morning. The Supreme Court said it will consider the Apple v. Samsung case. It hasn't looked at a design patent case since the 1800s, which is crazy.
I'll be heading to Riverside after this event to cover the hearing tomorrow.
Apple argues it shouldn't be forced to make its phones less secure, while the FBI says it needs Apple’s help to determine if information on the iPhone could reveal more about the terrorists' activities.
The event kicks off a busy week for Apple. The company will face off against the US government in a Southern California court Tuesday, where it will argue that it shouldn’t have to create new software to help the FBI unlock an iPhone 5C used in December’s San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack.
It looks like everyone is seated, and it's gotten quiet in here as we wait for the event to start.
It sounds like we're listening to Beats One as we get ready for this to start.
Today's event may not be Apple’s flashiest this year, but it’s important for getting more of Apple’s current iPhone and iPad users to upgrade their devices. Nearly 40 percent of iPhone owners have one of the older 4-inch models instead of the larger handsets. And fewer people have been buying new iPads, despite Apple’s efforts to make them more laptop-like.
Apple is holding Monday’s event at the Town Hall auditorium at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. The venue, which seats a few hundred people, is a notable location and has a lot of history for Apple.