More information is revealed about the forthcoming iWatch this week, and it refers to what has been promoted in the media about the purposes of the smartwatch. According to the latest information, Apple is bringing together experts in the software engineering, medical sensors and fitness fields to help create the device. These recent hires indicate that in all probability, the upcoming iWatch will be a fitness-oriented device.
This scenario has already been on the minds of many, like KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who pointed out that the iWatch will be worn around the wrist for a more specific reason than just telling the time. Instead, it will pick up certain biometrics related to the user’s health.
But aren’t similar devices already offering such service? One example is the Nike FuelBand. More than that, Apple CEO Tim Cook has already admitted being a user of the FuelBand and suggested that sensors providing biometrics will become a big thing over time. Such non-invasive sensors are said to be able to track the levels of certain substances and fluids in the body, such as glucose levels.
“The whole sensor field is going to explode. It’s a little over the place right now. With the arc of time it will become clearer.”
These are all rumors so far, but 9to5Mac, which was the first to report the information, heard that Jay Blahnik, a consultant with the team that developed the FuelBand as well as the Kinect Training project, was added to the Apple payroll.
Other important pawns that will be joining the iWatch team are Senior Vice President of Technologies Bob Mansfield, chief of Design and Human Interfaces Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi and others. With such an all-star team, we can’t help but wonder what’s Apple really up to. It must be something way above the FuelBand, which probably serves as inspiration at the moment.