Apple Wants Its iWatch to Help You Sleep

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Source: iWatch Concept by Todd Hamilton

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has hired a sleep expert from Philips Research to work on a rumored iWatch project, 9to5 Mac reports. Roy J.E.M. Raymann has extensive experience in improving sleep quality through non-pharmacological methods and wearable technology. His research focuses on ways to improve sleep and wake-up without the use of drugs. Raymann is also an expert on creating tiny sensors for wearable tech devices that are capable of tracking a user’s sleep activity.

According to 9to5 Mac, some of Raymann’s research projects have included founding the Philips Sleep Experience Laboratory for non-clinical sleep research and projects on altering sleep patterns through non-drug sensations, including “mild skin warming.” He has also helped build small, sensitive sensors in wearable devices that can monitor sleep without being uncomfortable for the wearer.

Such an expert is a perfect fit for the iWatch project if Apple is looking to make the wearable device focus on monitoring various aspects of health as well as being an easily accessed interface for the iPhone. Other wearable tech devices have focused on health monitoring, so it makes sense that Apple would make such a function a key aspect of its iWatch.

Apple has hired several other new executives with a focus on health-monitoring technology in recent months, which has fueled rumors about the company’s entry into wearable tech with the iWatch device. Last week it was reported that Apple hired Michael O’Reilly, the former executive vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer of Masimo Corp. (NASDAQ:MASI) Masimo recently launched the iSpO2, an iPhone-enabled pulse oximeter. Pulse oximeters are devices that monitor blood oxygen levels through non-invasive means. The iSPO2 clips to a user’s fingertip and displays that person’s blood oxygen levels when it is connected to an iPhone.

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