Apple collected over 18,000 hours of fitness data for the Apple Watch

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24 March, 2015
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Apple-Watch-Tim-Cook-Steve-Jobs-macworld-australiaAs the hype for the impending Apple Watch continues, the company gave Good Morning America on ABC news in the US a rare look into their health and fitness lab where no outsider has been to before.

In the interview, Apple executives Jeff Williams and Jay Blahnik spoke on how they gathered data for the watch.  “We have collected over 18,000 hours of health and fitness data, based on over 10,000 workout sessions on our Apple employees, ranging from software engineers, managers and developers, have participated in over the past two years,” Blahnik said.

Blahnik also mentioned the use of “climate chambers” to have fitness volunteers test the watch on a variety of activities in different environments.

Apple Watch was first unveiled last September and is scheduled to be available in stores 24 April, it’s price ranges from $499 for the Apple Watch Sport to $24,000 for the 18-carat gold Apple Watch Edition. Workouts with the Apple Watch will be monitored by the integration of HealthKit, which can track everything from your heart rate to how often you stand per day.

The more wearers use the Apple Watch, the more health data it will collect and Apple believes it will, in time, revolutionise the way we think of health.

Blahnik said that the company has garnered “what may be one of the world’s largest pieces of data on fitness.” And he believes the watch’s “impact on health could be profound.”

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