It seems that Apple has taken over Tueo Health, the makers of an application to monitor children with asthma. The software works with respiratory sensors so that parents can monitor at night whether their child continues to breathe properly.
Apple itself did not want to confirm that it had taken over Tueo Health; a company spokesperson refused to respond after CNBC brought the news from an unnamed source. However, Apple is known to not publicly disclose many, especially small, acquisitions. You can see on LinkedIn that the founders of the start-up now work at Apple; it seems that the acquisition was already settled at the end of last year.
Tueo Health has as its main product an application with which asthma symptoms can be monitored in children. The application can be linked to commercially available respiratory sensors where, for example, parents can monitor at night whether their child continues to breathe properly; the app gives a signal when there are changes in the breathing pattern.
The acquisition fits in with Apple’s policy to do more with health. For example, it recently brought the possibility of making a heart video clip, or ecg, to the Apple Watch. With HealthKit it also has software for creating health and fitness applications. Health is expected to be one of the most important topics at Apple’s WWDC Congress, which starts on June 3.