Apple appears to be strengthening its internal research teams focused on analyzing the human body since the launch of its health- and fitness-focused Apple Watch approaching. The direction represents a new and different interest for the tech giant that seems to be taking quite a bit of initiative in the space. This week, Apple seems to have posted an interesting job listing for a “Human Factors Anthropometry Engineer/Researcher.” For those of you who didn’t already know, Anthropometry is the study of measurements and proportions of the human body, which cover a wide range of subjects from body dimensions and weight to ergonomics, comfort and posture.

Although its unknown what purpose the position will serve, its quite likely that it is related to Apple’s push into the health, fitness and biometrics being led by things such as the latest iPhones, the new Health app in iOS 8 and the forthcoming Apple Watch. In particular, the advertisement for the position stated that the candidate will be working in biometric analysis, referring to technologies that use aspects of the human body to securely identify a person. The job listing also seeks a candidate with experience using 3D scanning equipment, motion capture, etc. The position also requires the candidate to collect, document and analyze anthropometric and biometric measurements.

The interest as a whole completely makes sense with its newly focused direction into the wearables market. With features such as an integrated heart rate sensor, accelerometer and more, the upcoming Apple Watch will be able to give users advanced feedback about their own health and fitness as they wear it throughout the day. Regarding biometrics, Apple securely identifies users with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor found on its latest iPhones and iPads. The Apple Watch could certainly present new opportunities for biometric security in the future.

We’ll have to wait to see what comes to fruition as a result of all these hires.

Source: Apple (Jobs) via AppleInsider