February 13, 2015 -
Apple recently posted a job listing for a “Human Factors Anthropometry Engineer/Researcher,” a position that is likely to support the tech giant’s recent push into health, fitness, and biometrics, according to a report by AppleInsider.
As the study of body measurements and its proportions, Anthropometry spans a wide range of areas including body dimensions, weight, ergonomics, comfort and posture.
In the past couple of years, Apple has made considerable developments in the fields of health, fitness, and biometrics, led in particular by its newest iPhones, the new Health app in iOS 8, and the forthcoming Apple Watch.
According to the job listing, the candidate will work in biometric analysis in which he or she will be required to collect, document and analyze anthropometric and biometric measurements.
The candidate must also have previous experience in using 3D scanning equipment and motion capture, among other skills.
Apple is set to officially enter the wearable devices market in April with the release of its highly anticipated Apple Watch, a smart watch that integrates heart rate sensor, accelerometer and more to provide users with feedback about their own health and fitness.
The company has also made many developments in biometrics through its Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which is embedded on the latest iPhones and iPads.
In the months leading up to the unveiling of the Apple Watch last fall, Apple hired several experts in the fitness and medicine fields, including sleep researcher Dr. Roy J.E.M. Raymann, as well as key personnel from biometric sensors manufacturers related to blood oxygen saturation, blood glucose levels, respiration and temperature.