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Apple patents earbuds with fitness-tracking tech

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February 18, 2014

Apple has received a patent for smart fitness-tracking earbuds

Apple has received a patent for smart fitness-tracking earbuds

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Just a few days ago, we featured a set of fitness tracking earbuds called The Dash. Now, a new patent has surfaced from Apple that locks down similar technology, citing "A hearing device, comprising: an audio output device configured to be positioned within a user's ear; a monitoring system located in substantially close proximity to the audio output device." Basically, it patents exactly what The Dash promises.

With rumors constantly circulating about Apple releasing some sort of smart watch, it's not a surprise that the company would be looking towards smart earbuds as well, with fitness-tracking products being all over the place lately.

The patent was actually filed back in October of 2007, but it was just granted on February 18, so this has clearly been on Apple's radar for a long time. The device, if it ever comes into existence, will be able to track metrics like temperature, heart rate, movement, and more.

Of course, Apple has no shortage of patents, and it's completely possible that the company might never do anything with this one; only time will tell.

Source: US Patent Office via Ubergizmo

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4 Comments

Apple is going to have to do a major re-design if they expect to get any traction with such a device. I mean, they haven't changed up the style of the earbuds in a while. When people use them, everyone else around them can hear the tinny music. They should take a page from the Shure SE in-ear earphones.

wolfshades
20th February, 2014 @ 03:34 am PST

It's time Apple made earbuds that stayed on your ears.

Bill Chase
24th February, 2014 @ 04:46 pm PST

@wolfshades:

Yes, I also do think that an around-the-ear design would help a lot for smart earbuds like that. The fitness tracking device might even be able to fit in the earphones' housings (theoretically since I have little knowledge of this). But I'd rather just go buy a Shure or an ADV Alpha and be done with it.

thatBeatsguy
26th February, 2014 @ 08:55 pm PST
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