Apple’s widely rumored to release the iWatch this year, with a big focus on health and fitness. The company’s ramping up hiring in its Biometrics team for this project, bringing in biomedical and sensor experts.
Apple recently hired Marcelo Lamego, former Chief Technology Office of Cercacor, a company that develops non-invasive patient monitoring technologies. Non-invasive procedures do not use tools that break the skin or physically enter the body. Lamego spent 8 years at Cercacor, working on engineering and R&D to develop Pronto-7, a non-invasive medical device. The device measures a patient’s oxygen saturation, haemoglobin levels and pulse rate.
Lamego is the inventor of over 70 patents and patent applications related to signal processing, devices, sensors and patient monitoring technologies, he notes in his LinkedIn profile.
He’s been at Apple since January 2014, and doesn’t say much about his job there apart from being in R&D. Apple has been aggressively hiring people for its unannounced iWatch team, with multiple job postings, and high-profile hires.
Rumors say that Apple is working on a new app called Healthbook that will monitor your most important health statistics like steps taken, calories burned, weight lost and more. The app will be a part of iOS 8, and will collect the data from sensors and monitors on the iWatch.