Apple is reported to still be aggressively hiring for their smart watch project, and now 9to5Mac has published a lengthy article detailing a number of Apple’s recent hires, particularly those hires from the health sensor field.
Based on new hires, it seems that Apple’s interest in sensors focuses on the ability to measure glucose and other body level information. With this data, the product could inform users of vital information in a non-invasive way. These sensors could also pick up more data to give a user a snapshot of their health, which would be ideal for fitness applications.
To assist with the development of these sensors, Apple has hired several scientists and executives from multiple sensor developers. Some notable firms who lost employees to Apple are AccuVein, C8 MediSensors, and Senseonics.
C8 MediSensors had been looking at non-invasive monitoring of glucose and other substances. The company has closed operations, and Apple has hired a number of the company’s employees.
In addition, the report outlines the structure of Apple’s smart watch group, reportedly led by Senior Vice President of Technologies Bob Mansfield, Adobe Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch, and engineering senior director James Foster.
9to5Mac’s sources indicate that Lynch’s team is focused on an overall software vision, while Foster’s group is developing technologies and mechanics that will affect the features of the device. Sources indicate that the groups are working closely together.
9to5Mac’s report makes for interesting reading, and I highly recommend visiting their site to view the article in its entirety. [DIRECT LINK]