According to a report broadcast today by CNBC, Apple is working on a dedicated chip that will analyze health data collected by sensors inside Apple devices. The company posted an opening on its Jobs at Apple webpage on July 10th, seeking someone to design, develop, and launch next-gen sensor technology in Apple products. The person hired would be part of Apple's "Health Sensing Hardware team" that "creates sensor solutions and technologies for Apple’s products." A later posting from earlier this month stated that Apple was "seeking a highly motivated engineer to help develop health, wellness, and fitness sensors, systems, and applications."
Apple has been receiving praise for the heart rate sensor found inside the Apple Watch
. The feature, which relies on an optical sensor, has saved several lives
thanks to the advance warnings received by owners of the wearable device. A dedicated health data chip would be designed by Apple and produced by a chip maker that owns fabrication facilities.
The company has been working on a way for the Apple Watch to measure the blood sugar readings of diabetics without requiring a blood sample. Diabetics, who must test themselves multiple times a day by obtaining a small sample of blood, have long sought an accurate and painless way to get this reading, which is used to determine how much insulin they need to take at a given moment. Apple started work on this project under the late Steve Jobs, and as of April of last year, there were 30 people on the team
"We are seeking a highly motivated engineer to help develop health, wellness, and fitness sensors, systems, and applications. You will engage in a collaborative, rapidly-changing environment to design groundbreaking new technologies.
You will become part of a hands-on hardware design and development engineering team that fosters engineering excellence, creativity and innovation. Join us to design and develop category-defining features that represent the groundbreaking edge of innovation in the emerging and dynamic consumer health field.
We will empower you to engage with a variety of internal teams and external partners to continually question the limitations of technology implemented in health products. You will thrive in this role thanks to your consumer, health electronics background and depth of expertise in hardware design."-Apple job posting
source: Apple (1
) via CNBC