Recent Apple hires renew dreams of an iWatch that could analyze your blood and respiration, an iPhone that could unlock at a glance
Apple continues to round out their superstar sensor team, reportedly for the ongoing iWatch project. Mark Gurman has tracked down two new additions, along with their backgrounds and particular areas of expertise. 9to5Mac:
Over the past couple of months, Apple has been seeking even more engineering prowess to work on products with medical sensors. Earlier this year, two notable people from the medical sensor world joined Apple to work on the team behind the iWatch’s hardware vision. Apple has hired away Nancy Dougherty from startup Sano Intelligence and Ravi Narasimhan from general medical devices firm Vital Connect. In her former job, Dougherty was in charge of hardware development. Narasimhan was the Vice President of Research and Development at his previous employer.
Gurman also says he's heard Apple is exploring iris scanning — something we saw in action from Eyelock on #CESlive — and facial recognition.
Current smartwatches are focused on notification, at doing a subset of existing mobile computing tasks in a more convenient way. They could be more, however, and not just iBeacons-on-the-go. Fitness, health monitoring, and other wearables need to converge, just like smartphones did a decade ago, to become greater than the some of their parts. We're on the brink of smarter, more contextual sensors both in our devices and on our bodies.
The question remains, how exactly will Apple go about doing it, and when?