Together with 50 Cent, Intel announced a brand new set of earphones which can measure wearers’ heartbeat and sync the data to the fitness tracking application.
This new technology, BioSport In-Ear headphones, uses an optical sensor to track the heart rate and send that information to the application running on a smartphone. They were made into public by 50 Cent’s company SMS Audio on Friday 15, 2014, and the design are based on Intel’s smart earphone design which was showed at the Consumer Electronics show in January.
With this new technology, runners and other athletes do not need any accessory attached to themselves while running to measure their heart rate.
The earphones are powered by the smartphone, which means that no battery is needed, and they are water resistant, which is good new for people who sweat a lot during exercise. Moreover, the data can be synced with existing applications like RunKeeper, which helps runners monitor their progress, times, routes, and schedules.
As cited from theguardian.com, “The wearable technology collaboration between SMS Audio and Intel elevates our capability to bring smart exercise to consumers,” said Brian Nohe, the president of SMS Audio.
The headphones are soon to be available in the fourth quarter of 2014, with the price yet to be confirmed.