Job ad confirms Apple testing health/fitness wearables

By , Feb 6, 2014

iWatch concept (Home, Todd Hamilton 001)

A new job ad discovered on Apple’s website Thursday has pretty much confirmed that the firm is working on and testing some kind of a health and fitness related wearable device. It’s the first semi-official confirmation of the rumored iWatch project if I ever saw one. I’m not sure if this is an unintentional slip up and why Apple would want to make this particular call for job applicants public.

Regardless, it’s now clear that Tim Cook & Co. have been staffing up with a lot of wearable experts from medical, fitness and biosensing fields. The job description mentions expertise in such health activities as cardiovascular fitness and energy expenditure, including “calories burned, metabolic rate, aerobic fitness level measurement/tracking” and more…

Mark Gurman, writing for 9to5Mac:

Apple has published a job listing on its website seeking physiologists and engineers to run tests related to health and fitness data.

This job will require the 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 physiological measurements”.

The job listing makes mention of the following qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Creative problem solver
  • Strong data analysis & tools experience (Excel, graphical analysis tools, etc.)
  • In-depth knowledge of key fitness indicators
  • Effective documentation skills
  • Detail & execution oriented, meticulous, highly organized
  • Driven to follow-through and carry projects through to completion

Ideal candidates have knowledge about the physiological effects of exercise and will know how to prevent inaccurate readings of heart rates and other data. Apple underscores the candidates will need to apply relevant knowledge to the “design of products and their testing/validation through user studies”.

Conveniently, the same author recently claimed that top Apple execs are meeting with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss unspecified medical applications. Prior to being sold in the United States, health related devices must receive FDA approval. The iWatch is believed to be laden with a host of biometric sensors.

Over the past few weeks, it’s been discovered that Apple added a number of A-players to its hardware and software iWatch team, including sleep researchers, medical device experts and biosensing engineers.

The iWatch is said to read and analyze a user’s blood and glucose levels, monitor health-critical data such as heart rates and breathing, and more. These health and fitness tracking features will reportedly work in conjunction with a new application in iOS 8, allegedly called Healthbook.

Recent hirings of world-class wearable experts suggest to me that the iWatch hardware and software is still being worked on. If that’s the case, the device may not be ready for introduction this year at all.

By the way, does anyone believe this gig is a 40 hour a week job, as the ad indicates?

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  • Leonard Wong

    I already can’t wait to see what they going to introduce this year

    • Jason Baroni

      They have waited for such a time to study the market and the other guys. I am pretty sure they will show us something really different.
      I trust Tim Cook and I feel secure upon his job. It marks a new step for Apple on a just started segment of tech. I also think that Jony Ive can do a great job on hardware and software.

      • Tony

        Totally agree just really hope it doesn’t cost 200.00 for this. I can see 125.00 but really any higher and it starts to lose thunder for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the long run I’ll probably get one but if it comes down to a new phone upgrade or this.. Phone it is.

      • Carlos Gomes

        Less than 200 dollars? No way, unless it’s subsidized lol

      • Tony

        I just can’t fully see how this thing will cost 200.00 when a phone on upgrade is the same price and you can do a lot more with it. Like I said, I can see me getting one at some point but 200.00 is a hard sell for me.

      • Carlos Gomes

        Why are you even comparing it to a phone?
        Different products, different features.

        Bonus: the crappy Samsung Galaxy Gear cots US$300, so that kinda gives you a hint.

      • Jason Baroni

        If you compare with phones, take the 5c in mind. It is less refined and costs almost like Apple’s flagship.

        There is no way for it to be under US$200, I am sorry. Try to save some money from now! You make save something until October :)

      • Tony

        Then it will be like the 5c in terms of buyers. They’ll lose a lot of people if it’s 200.00 or higher. That’s the main reason why others in the same product aren’t succeeding, price too high for no reason. As I said several times it’s a hard pill to swollow for that price, has to be under 200. And I’ll get one at some point but as it’s been shown, apple first gen products are very bare bone. So I may wait till version 2 if there is one.

      • Jason Baroni

        Take a break. Other companies except Pebble aren’t doing good because they don’t see the point of a smart watch. They see it like a must do to feed the demand.
        Like you I am always dreaming with a more affordable product from Apple, but I keep my eyes wide open. I live in a country with the most expensives tech products because pof the government. To buy an Apple product here feels like succeding in life.
        You don’t need to buy just on launch or wait for the second version. The product was never shown.
        Try to save money now or just wait for it and then you can see if it is worth it.
        Good luck anyway :)

      • Micaiah Martin

        ha ha you and I both know that if Apple releases it. People will be lining up to buy one. Apple has lead the tech industry on handheld devices for sometime now. So don’t be surprised when they release something. People buy it. People won’t care because it’s Apple. ( Before anyone flames me for picking on fans. I would like to say, that I am not doing that. I am saying that people trust Apple and put faith into their products. Which shows that the company is doing something right :D )

      • Hussain Alsanona

        Totally, agreed dude !!

  • Framboogle

    I can’t wait for the iMiniHospital

  • Rowan09

    Man this iWatch seems like it’s going to be something special.

  • Shingo

    as long as its rumored said the battery will charge via inductive electromagnet and/or solar powered these would be one reason i will buy it.

  • Carlos Gomes

    Damn, everyone will get so disappointed is the iWatch ends up looking as a regular batch, rather than this pretty bracelet thing.
    This may actually take a hit at Apple.