How the Apple Watch was born: Inside Apple’s Secret Lab

23 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

See the secret gym where Apple has been testing the Apple Watch.

One of the most anticipated features of the new Apple Watch will be its ability to help users track their workouts, among other fitness-related functions. ABC News got a chance to see just how Apple tested the watch in a company gym: This is the first time the company let media—or anyone outside of Apple—inside the fitness lab. And recently, ABC’s Good Morning America got a tour of the secret workout lab, where Apple fitted internal volunteers with sensors “worth millions of dollars” (and some scary looking masks) to amass a ton of data on exercise and physical activity. True to Apple’s famous obsession with secrecy, the employees weren’t told what project they were contributing to — though we have to imagine it wasn’t difficult to guess it related to some sort of wearable.

ABC’s tour was led by Jay Blahnik — one of Apple’s earliest big fitness hires — who showed off “climate chambers” that help recreate workouts in extreme temperature conditions and varying humidities. Heart rate monitoring in particular is an area where wrist-worn products like the Microsoft Band, Fitbit Surge, and others have proven imperfect; devices strapped directly to the chest are typically far more reliable.

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