Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is starting to hire employees that have experience in developing medical sensors, according to 9to5Mac. It is believed that Apple is hiring at least two new employees with expertise in the field to work on the rumored iWatch product.
Apple hired Nancy Dougherty to work with them on the product. Dougherty worked at a stealth startup company named Sano Intelligence. Sano’s product has not yet launched, but it focused on a product that could constantly monitor a person’s blood.
The Sano product is a needle-less and sensor-laden transdermal patch that is painless, wrote Fast Company in 2012. The product could measure glucose levels, kidney functions, and electrolyte balances. Dougherty was responsible for the electrical design, testing, and system integration of the Sano product.
Apple also hired Ravi Narasimhan from Vital Connect. Vital Connect is known for developing wearable biosensors. Ravi worked on the R&D at the company. Vital Connect developed the HealthPatch, which is used placed on a person’s chest and sends data through Bluetooth to an external device.
There is no information available about when Apple would release an iWatch. It would be surprising if Apple gets the product out this year because of all the biomedical-related hiring taking place now. Most likely, we will see something arrive in 2015. Take our guesses with a grain of salt.