Apple Hires Sleep Expert From Philips Research to Work on iWatch

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has hired Roy J.E.M Raymann, from Philips Research, for its iWatch team, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The hire is the latest in a long series of recent reports that suggest 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.

    Philips Research has been involved in many major technological advancements, including the development of the compact disc, LED lightbulbs, the MRI, and more.
    The hire suggests Apple could 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 like the Jawbone UP and the Fitbit Force are both able to slip into a night time monitoring mode that keeps track of sleep.

    Philips confirmed to 9to5Mac that Raymann no longer works at the company, but would not say where he was currently employed.

    Article Link: Apple Hires Sleep Expert From Philips Research to Work on iWatch
  2. ipedro, Feb 4, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2014

    macrumors 68020


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Just now hiring doesn't bode well for a 2014 release.

    Apple took their sweet time with both the iPad and the iPhone and I believe they're taking the same care to only release the iWatch when it's something that will blow everybody away.

    Many moves are being made on the TV front while several preparatory steps for the iWatch still haven't materialized. For AppleTV, a snowballing speed of new app releases, new content contracts, decreasing reliance on traditional tv networks and increasing popularity of internet based ones (i.e. Netflix), server farm buildout, an impending UI revamp and holding back on Apple Displays. An AppleTV is bursting at the seams to come out.

    Something big is coming for TV this year and Apple will not want one key product to steal the spotlight from another.


    WWDC2014: New AppleTV UI and app store for developers to start working on. New AppleTV (box) with select experimental iWatch components hidden inside (i.e. a miniaturized chipset).

    iOS 8 announcement: Healthbook app revealed as the focus of iOS8. Getting this right will be key to the success of the iWatch. It'll be tested out as an iPhone app first.

    iPhone 6 announcement: Experimental parts for the iWatch used inside the new iPhone. A new version of the motion processor chip, a smaller chipset, a big leap in battery efficiency and some sort of wireless charging would be important for an iWatch. If all of these make their way into the iPhone 6, we'll have a good hint that the iWatch is not far behind.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2011
    UCD, Ireland
    This guy was one letter off having an uncannyy professionally related middle name! :p
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    This watch is becoming more and more relevant to me lol... Weird
  5. macrumors member


    Jul 5, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
  7. macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    No no he will have all the time he needs to get an iWatch on time. And if not well just see sleep sensors in next years iWatch.
  8. macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Wow, the iWatch keeps sounding better and better. I've gone from no interest to must have over the past few months. The health and fitness stuff is a much bigger draw to me than the weird "smart phone features crammed into a watch" approach we've seen from others. Can't wait for the official reveal!
  9. macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2009
    Does Philips have any good products? Can't remember the last time I bought something philips, maybe in the 80s
  10. macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2013
    You remember how Apple released an iPhone after the first iPhone and it was better than the first one? :) I love sarcasm
  11. macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2013
    Ever used a cd...or a LED light?
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2008
    Up north
    Their nose-hair trimmer is unparalleled. Seriously.
  13. macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2013
    Anyone intelligent knew this was the device it was going to be from the first rumors, since the first rumors already pointed to expansive biosensors. I've tried to convince numerous morons that thought it would be awful that it wasn't at all designed to tell you time.
  14. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    I wonder how that would work on a resume.

    "I am a sleep expert" :D.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2010
    I sleep a lot. I'm an expert
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2005
    In a house.
    It was probably that Wilson Phillips CD back in '90. :)
  17. macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    "Anyone intelligent" would assume the first few rumors were 100% credible? :rolleyes:
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats
    this iWatch will have so many health sensors that it will be impossible for me to catch a cold.

    Unfortunately, at this rate the iWatch will be in the shops when I am too old to take benefit...
  19. macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2009
    Probably he got hired a year ago or more.

    And probably they alrdy have the sensors installed in prototyps but need a guy to read the data coming of that sensor.

    If the iwatch can count how much masurbation i need to get an orgasum and track my progression over time, ill buy one on day one.
  20. macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Please accept my humble apology for not being intelligent enough to immediately know exactly what the device was going to be based on the first rumors. I think I speak for the entire planet when I say that we all wish we were as smart as you.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats
    so much for intelligent rumors

    I remember those rumors when Apple opened their first store in Falls Church, all pointed to failure.
  22. macrumors 68030

    Nov 10, 2007
    But I don't want to wear my watch when I sleep...
  23. macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2013
    Don't understand why Apple is attracted to the wearable tech arena. Personally, I want to carry the least amount possible, and with the gradual integration of nfc capabilities seems as though the wallet will become obsolete sooner than later.
  24. macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2009
    Need to hire a researcher whose expertise is in larger screens for mobile phones.

    I sleep just fine LOL.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    So basically, regarding all the rumors, this will be far from the typical retarded smartwatches that we see today? looks already much more usefull and interesting at this point than those pebble and galaxy smartwatches

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