Apple Acquires Sleep Research Expert from Philips For iWatch Team


Over the past several months Apple has been hiring a long list of experts in the medical industry which are thought to be joining the company to work on the highly anticipated iWatch.

The most recent acquisition sees Apple hiring Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips Research, an expert on sleep research with extensive experience with wearable devices and sensors to help users improve their sleep quality, reports 9to5Mac.

Prior to joining Apple, Raymann worked at Philips Research as a senior scientist leading various sleep related research projects. His research covers many areas including projects related to monitoring sleep patterns and adjusting them using non-medical methods. Raymann has extensive experiencing in researching sleep-tracking sensors.

He founded the Philips Sleep Experience Laboratory, a non-clinical sleep research facility, and also lead projects researching various aspects of sleep and activity monitoring through the Philips’ Consumer Lifestyle Sleep Research Program and the company’s Brain, Body, and Behavior group.

It has not been confirmed if he has left the company for a position at Apple, but we do know that as of January 1 Raymann has no longer been working at Philips Research.

Sleep tracking technology could play a large role in Apple’s iWatch, allowing users to track their sleep patterns and provide suggestions that could help them improve their night’s sleep. Other companies such as FitBit are currently capable of tracking your sleep patterns and then displaying the statistics on your smartphone.

The sleep tracking capabilities could all be integrated into the rumoured Healthbook app, which is said to arrive alongside iOS 8.

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