number of rumours have been popping up regarding Apple's
much-anticipated smartwatch, iWatch, and the company's focus on hiring
health and fitness experts.
It has now been reported that Apple
had opened a job listing on its website for physiologists and engineers
in order to run various health-related tests. Apple has removed the
listing from its official page, but 9to5mac managed to get a screenshot of
the page (seen below).
The job listed mentioned that it required
employees to "design and run user studies related to cardiovascular
fitness & energy expenditure, including calories burned, metabolic
rate, aerobic fitness level measurement/tracking and other key
The qualifications mentioned to apply
for the position are "Good understanding of physiological monitoring
equipment, measurement techniques and interpretation of results;
Experience with indirect calorimetry to measure energy expenditure for a
range of activities and environments; Ability to design tests isolating
the impact of various factors (activities, environments, individual
subject differences, etc.) on the physiological effects being measured;
Experience with exercise testing - how to conduct, interpreting results,
determining when to halt testing, etc."
Recently enough, the
Cupertino firm was reported to have hired Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips
Research, who has a considerable amount of experience in wearable and
sensors, with an expertise in sleep
year, Apple hired some medical and fitness experts, such as like Jay
Blahnik, Nike's advisor, and Dr. Todd Whitehurst, former Senseonics vice
president. The firm reportedly also took in Ravi Narasimhan from Vital
Connect, a medical devices firm along with Nancy Dougherty from Sano
Intelligence, in its iWatch development team. It has been understood
that the firm also hired Michael O'Reilly, former executive at Masimo
Corporation, who has worked on non-invasive pulse sensors previously.
all these reported events, along with the numerous patents, do point to
the existence of the iWatch, Apple may still of course have something
unexpected up its sleeve for the market.