Apple reportedly hired Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips Research for its iWatch team, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The hire seems to be the latest in a long series of recent reports that suggest that Apple is hiring a wide variety of health and medical sensor experts for its upcoming iWatch product. According to Raymann’s LinkedIn biography, his main research is in “how to optimize rest and activity,” “non-pharmacological approaches to promote sleep,” and “interpretation of ambulatory physiological and biomechanical data.” He did other research on sleep and coffee, power napping, and he founded the Philips Sleep Experience Laboratory, a non-clinical sleep research facility.

For those of you who don’t know, Philips Research has been involved in many major technological advancements, including the development of the compact disc, LED lightbulbs, the MRI and more. The following was mentioned regarding Philips Research:

Philips Research is a global organization that helps Philips introduce meaningful innovations that improve people’s lives. We provide technology options for innovations in the area of health and well-being, targeted at both developed and emerging markets. Positioned at the front-end of the innovation process, we work on everything from spotting trends and ideation to proof of concept and – where needed – first-of-a-kind product development.
The hire suggests Apple could potentially be looking to help iWatch buyers with tracking and improving sleep, while also possibly tracking other health data like pulse and activity and blood data like glucose levels. Several current fitness tracking devices are designed to track both sleep length and sleep quality. For example, bands such as the Jawbone UP and the Fitbit Force are both able to slip into a night time monitoring mode that keeps track of sleep.

Philips Research ended up confirming to the folks over at 9to5Mac that Raymann no longer works at the company but declined to say where he was currently employed.

Source: 9to5Mac