Feeds

Apple hires medical techies, raises spectre of iStuff slurping data direct from your bloodstream

An Apple a day keeps the doctor awayon your wrist

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Apple has hired two new faces from the medical tech world as it steps up its drive to develop wearable iThings.

The fruity firm poached Nancy Dougherty from startup Sano Intelligence, which is developing a patch sensor which can painlessly monitor the chemical makeup of a patient's bloodstream. This would be useful for diabetics, because it would allow them to measure blood glucose levels without needing to use a needle.

Dougherty also worked on the development of a "Bluetooth-enabled electronic Band-Aid" that monitors heart rate, respiration, motion, and temperature. It also detects "smart pills" that are swallowed and then activated when they reach the stomach.

Cupertino also snaffled Ravi Narasimhan from Vital Connect, which makes a wearable biosensor which can monitor heartbeat, skin temperature, posture and activity levels.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he has been responsible for filing 15 patents and four publications on biomedical algorithms.

Before getting involved in developing biosensors, he worked on developing next-gen WiFi at Quantenna Communications .

What this all means is that Apple is not only interested in getting fanbois to wear iWatches - it wants to scan their bodies at the same time.

Fitness tech is becoming a huge industry, with all manner of products released to monitor your performance during sporting activies. Even Rupert Murdoch wears a Jawbone Up to monitor his health and activity levels.

Apple is almost certain to be working on the development of an iWatch, with the latest hires pointing to the possibility that it might do more than just receive text messages and play MP3 files. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer
And, um, don't sleep with other men. If that's what worries you
Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home
Almost 20 BEEELION kilometres from Sol
Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth
They're insured for $1m, before you thirsty folks make plans
ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff
Er, we think our ISS launch beats your fishing expedition
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army
Railguns for 'Future fighting vehicle'
OK Google, do I have CANCER?
Company talks up pill that would spot developing tumors
LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved
Deinocheirus mirificus was a bit of a knuckle dragger
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.