According to AppleInsider, Apple has obtained a new patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office on headphones with health sensor, which could confirm the desire of the apple company to work on the concept of connected health. Indeed, the document describes a helmet system making it possible to detect the heart rate, the temperature, the perspiration and other information facilitating the monitoring of the movements of the user and his activity.
The patent mentions different ways of integrating this system into the two headphones. They can communicate data to a device iOS attached by cord, or wirelessly via Bluetooth. The sensors can be housed directly inside the helmet itself, or in a removable component that can be removed when not in use. The patent also describes a system for controlling reading by head movements using helmet accelerometers.
The Cupertino company would also have focused on health and fitness with iOS 8, the next version of its mobile OS. The update could feature a new dedicated app called Healthbook which tracks a user’s vital signs and activity data over time (read: iOS 8: first concept for the HealthBook app).