Here’s How Apple Wants You to Monitor Your Health

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Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) mysterious iWatch crew is said to count amongst its numbers a team of health and fitness experts, and recent news suggests that it’s possible the company would be up for buying Basis, a startup responsible for one of the most accurate health-focused smartwatches on the market.

Apple is claiming a patent filed originally in 2007 for a “sports monitoring system for headphones, earburds, and/or headsets.” The filing, Apple Insider says, is proof positive that Apple has been inching its way into the integrated activity health monitor market for years now.

The device is pretty clever: It would be able to pick up minute details related to a person’s activity based on data it collects as a result of being placed in or near the ear. The activity sensor in the headphones would be able to use skin-based readings to pick up data about the wearer’s temperature, perspiration, and heart rate, among other data.

The patent doesn’t detail, however, how exactly the device would go about collecting heart rate, perspiration, and other physical data — only that it would be possible — although Apple does currently have other patents that describe sensors that can interact with a user’s skin, including one that covers cardiac signal detection, Apple Insider reports.

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