AppleInsider recently discovered US patent No. 8,655,004 for a “Sports monitoring system for headphones, earbuds, and/or headsets.” The system would be used to monitor fitness activities and could also be used to sense biometric data. The patent also covers the user control of the electronic device using head gestures.
The monitoring system would be hidden inside the headphones or earbuds. Users would be able to use the fitness monitoring system in conjunction with the normal functions of headphones to listen to music or other media.
In one version of the patent, the system would be detachable from the headphones so it could be used with any headset device, not just one from Apple. The patent also covers the possibility of creating a system that is connected to the headphones through the cord or by being attached to clothing.
It truly appears that Apple is on a fitness kick. A few weeks ago, we discovered that the company was looking to hire a fitness physiologist for possible work on the upcoming iWatch. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent for a biometric headphone system that can sense things like temperature, heart rate, and perspiration levels. It seems like Apple is going into iFitness mode for something big this year.