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Apple hires Google X co-founder and Nest's ex-head of tech

Engadget Engadget 4/05/2016 Mariella Moon
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Robotics professor Yoky Matsuoka is lending Apple her expertise, according to Fortune. Matsuoka co-founded X Labs, Google's secretive research facility that developed Glass and the company's self-driving car. She also used to be Nest's head of technology before she left for a VP position at Twitter. The former University of Washington professor ended up dropping that gig before she even started after being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

While her exact role at Apple is still unclear, Fortune says she'll be reporting directly to company COO Jeff Williams. Since he's in charge of Cupertino's health initiatives, she'll likely be working on relevant projects, such as HealthKit, ResearchKit and CareKit. We'd love to see Apple put her robotics expertise to good use, however, and come up with exciting projects under her lead.


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