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Apple Hires Former Nest VP and Robotics Expert Yoky Matsuoka for Health Team

yokymatsuokaApple recently hired Nest's former Vice President of Technology to work on health related projects at the company, reports Fortune. Yoky Matsuoka, a well-known robotics expert who co-founded the Google X experimental project lab, joined Apple after leaving Nest last year. At Nest, she led the development of machine learning algorithms for the Nest Learning Thermostat.

At Apple, Matsuoka is working under the company's chief operating officer Jeff Williams, who is in charge of Apple's health initiatives like ResearchKit, HealthKit, and CareKit.

Prior to working at Google and Nest, Matsuoka was the director and founder of the University of Washington's Neurobotics Laboratory, focused on building a robot-human system to help individuals who experience strokes, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries with rehabilitation and regaining/enhancing motor control. She is known for her work on robotic hands.

Matsuoka has experience in robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, all areas Apple has expressed interest in through recent acquisitions like VocalIQ, Emotient, and Perceptio. According to Fortune, Matsuoka will be working on health-related projects, but the report does not include specifics on what she will be doing or how her robotics expertise might be applied to Apple products.



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41 months ago

Dear beautiful lady, please put a GPS chip in the next Apple Watch so I can leave my iPhone at home when I go on long distance runs.


"Dear beautiful lady, please put a GPS chip on the next Apple Watch so the battery life lasts nothing."
Rating: 8 Votes
41 months ago

Loading up the VP team and bloating the company!

Yeah her resume sure sounds like bloat. :rolleyes:
Rating: 6 Votes
41 months ago
Dear beautiful lady, please put a GPS chip in the next Apple Watch so I can leave my iPhone at home when I go on long distance runs.
Rating: 6 Votes
41 months ago
No innovation in the pipeline.

Apple is laser focused on watch bands and battery cases.


/s
Rating: 6 Votes
41 months ago
Count me as not optimistic that anything good comes from Nest. I was glad to get rid of 2 of their buggy 'smart'-thermostats when I sold my house recently.

Something went horribly wrong with the quality control of their software updates that caused them to be inaccessible on a few occaisions...one for several months before they fixed them...Then they went and bought Dropcam and merged the 2 products into one slow crappy mobile app............................No thanks.
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I can imaging that.


Can't you anti-gps/pro-battery people get the idea that the GPS doesn't have to be on all the freakin' time?
Just when I go for a run.......sheesh. If garmin can do it, wtf is apple not figuring out? Ya, they have a better screen that is what, off most of the time? It's obvious they tried to make a fashion statement and went for style over substance because they couldn't alter physics and make things work. I'm sure it will get better but until then, the 'sport model' is nothing but a pedometer with a fancy screen, compared to real sports watches that track your gps because they know how to turn it off when you aren't using it.
Rating: 3 Votes
41 months ago
Tim Cook's recent media appearances and this recent hire further back up my theory that Tim Cook is a robot. She was actually hired to be his doctor/mechanic.
Rating: 3 Votes
41 months ago

"Dear beautiful lady, please put a GPS chip on the next Apple Watch so the battery life lasts nothing."

Oh sorry, you're right, once there's a gps chip in place there's no way to turn it off when it's not needed. Silly me.
Rating: 3 Votes
41 months ago

Dear beautiful lady, please put a GPS chip in the next Apple Watch so I can leave my iPhone at home when I go on long distance runs.


I'll take battery life over GPS if GPS will suck the living soul of the battery
Rating: 2 Votes
41 months ago
Job #1, make Apple Watch an actual health device by including the most rudimentary function as standard, a GPS.
Rating: 2 Votes
41 months ago
Loading up the VP team and bloating the company!
Rating: 2 Votes

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