• Apple Brings on Two Former Nike FuelBand Engineers

    Apple’s supposed wearables team is widely thought to be working on so-called “iWatch” device. The team was reportedly infused with new talent as Apple is said to have brought on two former engineers from Nike’s stagnant FuelBand program. According to their LinkedIn profiles, hardware engineer Ryan Bailey and sensor software expert Jon Gale were picked up by Apple in June, less than two months after Nike fired a “small number” of employees working on the FuelBand fitness tracker.

    As noted by the folks over at 9to5Mac, Bailey worked as a Senior Test and Validation Engineer at Nike, while Gale collaborated with partner companies to develop FuelBand firmware as a Senior Firmware Engineer. Bailey now holds the title of Mechanical Design Engineer at Apple and Gale is listed as a Sensing Systems Engineer. The latest hires come from the ashes of Nike’s Digital Sport arm, which in April axed an undisclosed number of workers from the division’s hardware team. Responsible for products such as the FuelBand SE, Nike+ Sportwatch and other wearable devices, Nike Digital Sport once consisted of 70 hardware engineers and 200 software engineers. At the time, rumors claimed up to 55 people were let go.

    Both Bailey and Gale will likely join Apple’s growing team of wearable device experts that include fitness guru Jay Blahnik, who consulted on Nike’s FuelBand project and former Atlas Wearables software engineer Alex Hsieh. More recently, the head of TAG Heuer’s luxury watch brand business, Jean-Claude Biver, revealed that Apple took on former sales director Patrick Pruniaux to assist in rolling out the anticipated iWatch.

    The Cupertino California company’s other iWatch related hires include several experts from the medical sensor field, pulse oximeter firm Masimo Corporation executive Michael O’Reilly and Philips Research sleep expert, Roy Raymann.

    We’ll have to wait and see what Apple does next regarding the iWatch.

    Source: LinkedIn (Ryan Bailey) (Jon Gale) via 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Brings on Two Former Nike FuelBand Engineers started by Akshay Masand View original post
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