A post on anonymous social networking site Secret claims that Apple s next-generation EarPods will include biometric sensors that could track your heart rate and blood pressure. While there is no way to confirm the authenticity of the claim, MacRumors points at certain Apple patents that talk about a similar concept. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with SamsungAlso Read - Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels go live in 170 countries starting today
In the comments section of the post, the poster claims to be a former employee at the Cupertino-based company who was sent home for good last week and is now sharing this information because I hate being manipulated. The poster adds that in addition to biometric sensors, these new EarPods will also boast a redesigned remote, extra microphones for better noise cancellation and iBeacon sensors to track them in case you misplace them.
MacRumors points at two patents, one (filed in 2006) which involves systems and methods for integrating sensors for tracking a user’s performance metrics into electronic devices and accessories therefor. The other patent filed in 2007 and granted in 2008, involves;
The invention pertains to a monitoring system that can be placed proximate to the head or ear of a user. According to one embodiment, the monitoring system can be used with a hearing device, headphones, earbuds or headsets. The monitoring system can, for example, be used to monitor user activity, such as during exercise or sporting activities. The positioning of the monitoring system can also facilitate sensing of other user characteristics (e.g., biometric data), such as temperature, perspiration and heart rate.
The poster on Secret also adds that these new EarPods will be introduced alongside iOS 8. This is consistent with recent reports that claim Apple is focusing big time on the health and fitness tracking sector. Leaked iOS 8 details have talked about the Healthbook app, which is essentially a place where Apple will store all fitness and health related data.
To start with, Apple is believed to be close to unveiling its first smartwatch, tentatively called the iWatch. The smartwatch is said to have entered production and is expected to be unveiled sometime in September. Apple has also hired Nike s FuelBand designer Ben Shaffer and one-time FuelBand consultant Jay Blahnik to help work on the iWatch.
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