Apple's Biometrics Team Continues to Grow Amid iWatch Rumors

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple continues to add to its team of medical and biosensor experts, with the hiring of Marcelo Lamego, the former chief technology officer of non-invasive patient monitoring company Cercacor. Lamego's recent change in employment was spotted by Network World.

    Before joining Apple in January, Lamego spent the previous eight years as the CTO of Cercacor working on sensor-based medical technologies like those used in the Pronto-7, a portable, non-invasive device which measures hemoglobin, oxygen saturation, pulse rate and more. The Pronto-7 is sold by pulse oximetry company Masimo, from which Cercacor was spun off in the late 1990s.

    Lamego worked on the Rainbow SET Technology platform used in the Pronto-7 during his time as a research scientist at Masimo, continuing that work after moving to Cercacor. Rainbow SET is described by Masimo as "a noninvasive monitoring platform enabling the assessment of multiple blood constituents and physiologic parameters that previously required invasive or complicated procedures."

    It is not clear what position Lamego holds at Apple, but he is one of many recent biomedical and sensor research scientists who are now employed by Apple. These new hires allegedly were recruited to join Apple's iWatch team, which according to MobiHealthnews, has grown to include 200 employees. Lamego isn't the first Apple hire to come from Masimo either. Last year, Apple also added Michael O'Reilly, M.D., former Chief Medical Officer and EVP of Medical Affairs at Masimo, to its ranks.

    Network World's report also highlights several other health-related experts who are either confirmed or speculated to be working for Apple, including biosensor algorithm architect Nima Ferdosi from Vital Connect. Ferdosi's hiring late last year came around the same time that Apple hired Ravi Narasimhan from the same company. A third Vital Connect employee, biomedical engineer Alexander Chan, is alsp speculated to have joined Apple, although his LinkedIn profile lists his employer only as "technology company" in the Bay Area.

    Several other health-related companies were reported to have lost employees to Apple last year, including AccuVein and C8 Medisensors. Network World has identified AccuVein engineer Yuming Liu as one of those employees and speculates that C8's Stephen Waydo may be another.

    Details on the iWatch are still elusive, with contradicting reports on the features that'll make it into the launch version of the device. 9to5Mac stands behind its original report that the iWatch will be able to sense hydration and glucose levels, while MobiHealthNews claims the device will drop these advanced functions and focus on basic health parameters like exercise, diet, stress and medication scheduling.

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  2. musika macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2010
    New York
    The health-related stuff is probably the coolest development in tech lately, in my opinion. It's really refreshing and cool, at least for me.
  3. Reason077 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2007
    So, the "Watch" in iWatch means that the watch watches you?
  4. Will do good macrumors 6502a

    Will do good

    Mar 24, 2010
    Seems like Apple is doing what it does best. Figure out what people wants and needs than provide it. Unlike other companies, look we are first, we have a watch that doesn't do much yet. But it will as soon as Apple shows us.
  5. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    I don't see this coming to life before 2015/2016.

    - iPhone Air
    - redesigned MacMini
    - new MacBook category
    - new iPad Air
    - new Thunderbolt Displays
    - iOS 8
    - new OSX
    - Apple TV announcement
  6. AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    Not wearing a grey shirt in front of a white background, eh Marcelo Lamego? Well, you will be… mark my words, you will be!
  7. Jsameds macrumors 68030

    Apr 22, 2008


    Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in Soviet Russia.
  8. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    at this points, it kinda confirms iOS 8 features will focus on health & biometric.
  9. Smoothies macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2014
    I hope iPhone air is a joke. If you think Apple will name it that, you are dead wrong. iPhone must retain it's current naming scheme, because you can't say 'iPhone Air 2' it's too long and doesn't make sense. iPhone cannot lose it's numbering either, it is the one device which has to retain numbering because people will be confused as to which device is the new one.
  10. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    Ouch. Think of the names as a kid. Lame go.

    Lol, but now he works at Apple. Not so lame go anymore.
  11. macs4nw macrumors 68040


    Apple certainly appears to be doing their 'homework'. As usual of course.
  12. ToomeyND macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2011
    Did you find this on ESPN? That "in" on the top right of the picture looks a lot more like ESPN insider than it does linkedin. :)
  13. LagunaSol macrumors 601


    Apr 3, 2003
    Imagine the targeted advertising Google could pump your way if they had this type of access to all your detailed personal health information. :eek:


    Cook seemed pretty clear about "new product categories" in 2014. I wouldn't consider anything you listed as a new product category.
  14. franswa za macrumors 6502a

    franswa za

    Mar 24, 2010
    south africa
  15. tylersdad macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    I really hope the iWatch isn't another fitness track...or at least...isn't ONLY a fitness tracker. I'm hoping for something similar to the Samsung Gear or the Pebble.
  16. thisisdallas macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2012
    My guess is that it'll do everything that every existing wrist-worn device currently does in a more elegant fashion + a few other features and health readings that nobody currently does.
  17. Thunderhawks macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2009
    Let me fix that, so we get the most production pieces and people
    can't complain about having to wait:

    Assembled in Siberia.
  18. Alenore macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2013

    How do you think iAd is working ? Magic ? Rainbows and leprechauns ?
  19. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    You mean, the iWatchU
  20. timber macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2006
    Knowing that he is Brazilian I would say that his family name (Lamego) comes from the Portuguese city of Lamego, which, according to Wikipedia (as it is common in Portuguese cities names) comes from Lamaecus, a Roman-Hispanic derivative that indicates the possessor of agrarian titles in the 3rd century around the local castle.
  21. NightFox macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    I'm very interesting in all this technology and hoping to see at least some of it materialise in iOS8 - the only trouble is, like many others I guess, I already have a watch that I'm very happy with and wouldn't take to wearing an Apple one instead - I'm hoping that Apple will also provide a means of using these tools for people who don't want to commit to wearing an iWatch.
  22. Parasprite macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    Even if it the technology isn't used in the rumored iWatch, we will likely see some bits of it being added to the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPod Nano (see also: Nike+, BT heart rate monitors). Even if not for direct features, there could be some standardized APIs and developer hooks made specifically for health-related App and device makers (what those would look like exactly, I can't say).
  23. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    I'd be willing to bet a lot that you'll be "disappointed" if you expect the iWatchU to be similar to the Samsung Gear!

    It looks like it's going to be in the vein of a health monitoring device, but to a much deeper level and previous devices. It might be "only" a fitness tracker, but not like any one you've seen before.
  24. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    First off, we had iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3rd Gen., iPad 4th Gen., iPad Air

    The "Air" came out of nowhere.

    The reason why I think iPhone Air makes sense is that do not want to play this numbers game forever. If you think they're going to continue with this (iPhone 11, iPhone 14...etc...) then you're wrong.

    They don't use numbers for the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacMini, Mac Pro, iMac, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, and I think you can also add iPad Air to that list.
  25. Kid Vorpal macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2009
    I think this device is going to be pretty interesting, regardless of what form it eventually takes. Each new bit about these hires just makes the entire thing more and more intriguing.

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