Apple continues medical hires, could their ambitions go beyond the iWatch?

Apple continues medical hires, could their ambitions go beyond the iWatch?

Apple has continued hiring of medical experts, nabbing Michael O'Reilly, formerly Chief Medical Officer for Masimo, to work on a number of projects for Apple, possibly including an iWatch. Masimo specializes in medical sensors, and is responsible for the iSpO2, a pulse monitor that connects to your iPhone. Given recent reports about how Apple's rumored iWatch is suppsed to work, using medical sensors to measure pulse, glucose levels, and more, it seems natural that O'Reilly would be bound for that project. However, it looks like he'll actually be working on multiple projects for Apple, accoring to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac:

This hire, however, is not really breaking news: sources with knowledge of Apple’s work on the iWatch say that O’Reilly actually joined Apple last August. These people also say that he is not solely focused on the iWatch project; instead he is working on a range of projects.

So what could these other projects be? Perhaps improvements to Touch ID, or maybe something for the iPhone 6? What do you think O'Reilly could be working on? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: 9to5Mac, MobiHealthNews

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They should. The Baby Boomers are now at advanced age. A significant portion of our population is in need of daily monitoring to ensure good Health. This goes beyond merely "motivating" someone to work out or tracking fitness.

CES 2014 had some pretty amazing medical products from Scanadu, and FLIR. Success in this arena goes beyond game changing and becomes life changing or life saving.

It had always pissed me off how little android developers care about the medical field. One of iOS' biggest advantages in my opinion

I wish you people would stop referring to it as an 'iWatch." It's a medical/fitness bracelet that happens to have, (like 8 million other products from pens to cufflinks to furniture), a clock function built into it.

Reality check for those people who aren't male geeks or over 45 .... no one wears a f*cking wristwatch anymore!

The market for "watches" is tiny and even those who do wear watches, most don't wear them as a way of knowing the time, but as a fashion statement.

Ask yourself why anyone who doesn't already wear a stupid band around their wrist all day would want to wear one. The answer to that will give much more insight into what Apple is making than calling it a "watch."

I don't know where you're from but people do still wear wristwatches. The problem with "smartwatches" is that they're ugly as sin. Watches have two jobs: tell time and look good. Smart watches manages to look more tacky than Gshocks with a bunch of features that will go unused for the majority of people. There's no substitute for a nice analog when it comes to wristwatches.

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I've read that iPads are used a lot in the medical profession and serve many use purposes, including in ER and surgery rooms. Is it possible Apple is working to get more of their products into the medical field and hiring a doctor (or doctors) for help in this area?
Just a thought...

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If an "iWatch" can accurately and frequently monitor glucose levels that would be a major boon for diabetics, who are stuck jabbing holes in their fingers to measure glucose levels.

This is a smart direction to move toward. This is the type of direction the product can become valuable. Glad to see the focus is in medical. Other industry will begin to get on boards after medical.

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