Over the past few weeks Apple has begun hiring a wide variety of health and medical sensor experts who are reported to be working on the iWatch. Details of the iWatch remain unknown but the hires by Apple give some idea of what to expect. Here are some of the people Apple has hired recently.
Roy J.E.M Raymann – Sleep Expert
According to Raymann’s LinkedIn biography, his main research is in “how to optimize rest and activity”, “non-pharmacological approaches to promote sleep”, and “interpretation of ambulatory physiological and biomechanical data”. He did other research on sleep and coffee, power napping, and he founded the Philips Sleep Experience Laboratory, a non-clinical sleep research facility.
While O’Reilly was at Masimo, the company developed several cutting edge pulse oximetry devices, including the iSpO2 Pulse Oximeter that connects to the iPhone and gives readings via an accompanying app. The iSpO2, which takes its readings from a finger, is designed to measure both oxygen saturation in the blood and pulse rate, with technology that allows it to take readings during movement and with low blood flow.
Nancy Dougherty – Hardware Engineer
Dougherty was previously a hardware developer at Sano Intelligence, a biosensor startup that was profiled by The New York Times back in 2012. Before working at Sano, Dougherty worked at Proteus Digital Health on a “Bluetooth-enabled electronic “Band-Aid” that monitors heart rate, respiration, motion, and temperature”.
Ravi Narasimhan – Vital Connect
Vital Connect is biosensor technology firm where he was “responsible for biosensor technology and algorithms for remote physiological monitoring with wearable medical devices”. The devices could process a number of functions including heart monitoring, respiration, fall detection, posture and activity.