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Apple poaches Google X co-founder for health initiatives

by Jacob Kleinman | May 4, 2016May 4, 2016 6:30 pm PST

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Apple has been making a strong push into health and fitness tracking ever since it launched the Apple Watch (even before that with the launch of its first motion coprocessor in the iPhone 5s). The Cupertino-based company hired Yoky Matsuoka, an engineer with an extensive resume, to help lead those efforts.

Matsuoka, whose LinkedIn profile suggests she has been with Apple for less than a year, is a robotics expert with a wide range of experience. In 2009, she joined Google to launch Google X, a lab for moonshot projects. A year later, she left for Nest where she developed the company’s user interface and the algorithms that power its smart home products. She holds a PhD from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science, and was also a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, where she worked in the division of engineering and applied sciences. Smart cookie, and Fortune suggests she’ll work on health-focused products and services.

No doubt Matsuoka is a huge grab for Apple, no matter what her focus ends up being.

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Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...