As we’ve reported earlier, Nike’s FuelBand program is in the midst of a big change with the company restructuring the entire division. That was the opportunity for Apple, which managed to get two guys from the group on its side, namely hardware engineer Ryan Bailey and sensor software expert Jon Gale.
Bailey worked as a Senior Test and Validation Engineer, while Gale collaborated with partner companies to develop FuelBand firmware as a Senior Firmware Engineer.According to 9to5Mac, Bailey worked as a Senior Test and Validation Engineer, 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, whereas Gale is listed as a Sensing Systems Engineer.
Nike Digital Sport arm used to count some 70 hardware and 200 software engineers, but the situation is very different this days. According to some reports, the sports equipment giant has let go as much as 55 people from this unit.
Bailey and Gale will join Apple’s team of wearable device experts that includes fitness guru Jay Blahnik, Atlas Wearables software engineer Alex Hsieh, TAG Heuer’s sales director Patrick Pruniaux, Philips Research sleep expert Roy Raymann, Masimo Corporation executive Michael O’Reilly, as well as a number of experts from the medical sensor industry.