Apple is studying ways to transform AirPods in a healthy device, including improving hearing, reading body temperature and monitoring posture, according to papers reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.
The plans also illustrate the company’s ambition to add health features to devices other than the Apple Watch, where most of the company’s health features are located today.
The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Apple is also working on a technology to use iPhones to diagnose depression and cognitive decline.
Features may include the use of earbuds to measure the wearer’s temperature, monitor their posture, and improve their hearing. The Wall Street Journal notes that it is not clear whether questlast functionality differs in significantly from the conversation boosting feature found in the AirPods.
According to the Wall Street Journal, these jobs are not expected within the next year and may never be released to consumers, or times may change.
In other words, it looks like the iPhone maker is just exploring these new health features, rather than actively integrating them with products that may be out in the next year or two.
Adding such sensors makes sense for the company. Apple increasingly markets its products in based on the strength of its health apps and the fitness. This is despite the fact that so far most of this attention has been focused on the Apple Watch.
Reports last month indicated that the company was looking to add various sensors to the wearable device, including monitoring blood pressure, temperature, sleep quality, blood oxygen, and blood glucose.
Incorporating health functions into commercial products is challenging work. This is mainly due to the difficulty of high satisfactions standard medical regulations. This inevitably leads to delays.
Take your temperature
In June, for example, it was reported that the upcoming Apple Watch will add temperature monitoring. But this feature never appeared on Apple Watch 7 in September.
The Wall Street Journal report doesn’t include many details about the company’s plans for AirPods. The problem of taking the temperature from someone’s ear is common. This is despite the fact that there are many devices on the market that use digital sensors to alert the wearer when they are loose.
And Apple has shown that it is interested in using the AirPods as a kind of hearing aid. This is despite the fact that the earbuds are not approved for this purpose by the Food and Drug Administration.
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