Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen a growing number of reports stating what Apple’s plans are for the wearable market. Instead of just launching a connected smartwatch, it seems Apple is intent on revolutionizing the personal health monitoring market by equipping a wrist-worn device with a ton of hi-tech biosensors.
A job listing today further hints that this is indeed the case. Having employed a host of biosensor and health experts over the past 12 months, it wants to add to its ranks with yet more experienced workers. The applicant needs the following qualifications:
- Good understanding of physiological monitoring equipment, measurement techniques and interpretation of results
- Experience with indirect calorimetry to measure energy expenditure for a range of activities and environments
- Ability to design tests isolating the impact of various factors (activities, environments, individual subject differences, etc.) on the physiological effects being measured
- Experience with exercise testing – how to conduct, interpreting results, determining when to halt testing, etc.
- Creative problem solver
- Strong data analysis & tools experience (Excel, graphical analysis tools, etc.)
- In-depth knowledge of key fitness indicators
- Effective documentation skills
- Detail & execution oriented, meticulous, highly organized
- Driven to follow-through and carry projects through to completion
The job itself is to run studies to get accurate data on cardiovascular and energy expenditure, tracking calories burned, metabolic rate and fitness levels among other things. And the applicant who’s eventually taken on will have to:
Design and run user studies related to cardiovascular fitness & energy expenditure, including calories burned, metabolic rate, aerobic fitness level measurement/tracking and other key physiological measurements.
Combined with the knowledge that Apple is seriously looking in to sensors and health, it’s clear that the company is up to something. Of course, Cupertino has been known to spend considerable time and money on developing projects that never see the light of day. But, I genuinely hope this isn’t one of those.