It appears Apple isn’t content material with AirPods simply getting used for music and taking calls as there’s a brand new report claiming Apple is exploring including new well being and wellness options to future wi-fi earbuds.
In accordance with “folks conversant in the plans” who spoke to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is at present learning the potential for AirPods to take an even bigger position in the case of monitoring somebody’s well being and health. Whereas the brand new options aren’t anticipated to be out there till subsequent yr (assuming these options make it previous the testing section), the three essential features Apple is reportedly evaluating is utilizing AirPods to verify somebody’s temperature, monitor their posture, and function a listening to assist or some sort of listening to enhancement.
The primary two options are comparatively easy, as Apple might replace the accelerometers already built-in to present AirPods to extra precisely observe somebody’s posture and physique place, whereas new temperature sensors would make it comparatively easy to get correct readings of somebody’s core temperature for inside their ear.
Nonetheless, the tougher activity will likely be getting AirPods licensed as correct listening to aids, as present U.S. rules require medically-approved listening to aids to be offered by licensed listening to specialists, although there may be upcoming laws that might ease these restrictions and go into impact someday subsequent yr.
Moreover, based mostly on the five-hour battery lifetime of present AirPods, it’s considerably unlikely that future gadgets would offer the sort of true all-day battery life that individuals with listening to loss would in all probability want from a devoted listening to assist, which suggests Apple could also be pressured to focus extra on offering enhanced listening to capabilities as an alternative.
Whereas the concept of increasing the AirPods’ duties outdoors music could appear to be a stretch, expanded well being and wellness options have became a quickly rising development amongst audio gadget makers, with Bose having been granted FDA-clearance for its SoundConrol Hearing Aids and corporations like Amazfit having already made earbuds that may observe your posture and heartrate with its Powerbuds Pro.
Even Apple-rival Samsung is exploring comparable concepts, with Samsung’s head audio engineer Han-gil Moon telling Gizmodo that sooner or later, Samsung hopes to leverage AI to enhance the voice detection and ambient sound-enhancing capabilities on future wi-fi earbuds.
Extra importantly, given the success of the Apple Watch—which has thrived due largely to a spread of included well being and health monitoring options—it’s clear Apple is trying to develop these capabilities to extra gadgets together with the iPhone, which is reportedly being evaluated to see if it may well potentially detect certain patterns related to mental health or cognitive impairment.