With Apple expected to enter the wearable tech market with one or more new category products this year or next, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant is said to be ramping up efforts to lay the groundwork for these eagerly-anticipated developments.
“Apple is moving to expand its personnel working on wearable computers and medical-sensor-laden devices by hiring more scientists and specialists in the medical sensor field,” says Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac. “Apple began work in earnest on a watch-like device late last decade, and it has worked with increasing efficiency and more dedicated resources on the project over the past couple of years.”
Most industry analysts and supply chain sources claim that Apple’s foray into the wearable tech space will come in the form of the iWatch.
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.
Among the new talent recruited by Apple are Nancy Dougherty, formerly of Sano Intelligence, and Ravi Narasimhan from Vital Connect.
With other top Silicon Valley companies racing into the mHealth and wearable tech space, Apple has little choice but to accelerate its development and launch of wearable devices – a market that is expected to generate billions in revenue for its top players in the coming years.