According to recent report, Apple has been aggressively hiring experts in the fields of non-invasive sensor technology, leading to speculation that the company’s upcoming ‘iWatch’ device will be geared towards biometrics, well-being and health tracking rather than simply displaying the time and alerting the wearer to smartphone notifications.
Based on new hires, it seems that Apple’s interest in sensors focuses on the ability to measure glucose and other body level information. With this data, the product could inform users of vital information in a non-invasive way. These sensors could also pick up more data to give a user a snapshot of their health, which would be ideal for fitness applications.
To assist with the development of these sensors, Apple has hired several scientists and executives from multiple sensor developers. Some notable firms who lost employees to Apple are AccuVein, C8 MediSensors, and Senseonics.
C8 MediSensors had been pursuing non-invasive monitoring of glucose and other substances, and Apple had reportedly considered an acquisition of the company. Ultimately, C8 MediSensors ceased operations and Apple was able to hire a number of the company’s employees earlier this year.
In terms of the device’s appearance, other recent reports claim that Apple has been working with Corning, maker of Gorilla Glass — the ultra strong cover adorning most smartphone and tablet screens — to develop a curved glass bracelet that would boast a small 1.5-2.0-inch multi-touch screen.
Apple has been rumored for some time to be bringing a smart watch to the market, but while the company has begun filing for “iWatch” trademarks, the latest rumors have suggested the device may not launch until late next year as Apple works to solve numerous technical challenges.