The microprocessor giant, Intel, along with rapper 50 Cent, have partnered with SMS Audio, to launch a new set of earphones that can monitor heart rate, and send the information to a compatible smartphone.
The new earphones incorporate an optical sensor, wherein a beam of light is "shot" into the ear lobe, which in turn measures the expansion of blood flow in one’s capillaries, and times it in accordance with heartbeat. From there, data can sent via app like RunKeeper, so cyclist can monitor their training "zones".
In the meantime, Intel and SMS Audio are developing their own app that will allow users to to change music playlists based on their heart rate.
The earphones use a standard 3.5mm jack, and are powered by the user’s smartphone. Furthermore, they’re IPX4 certified, so there’s no worries about sweat or cycling in the rain.
Biometric Headphones Will Optimize Workouts for Ultra-marathoners, Aspirational Exercisers and Everyone in Between
SMS Audio LLC (www.SMSAudio.com), a premier audio headphone and accessories brand from Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, together with Intel Corporation announced a collaboration to develop the first heart-pounding personal audio system converging lifestyle and technology innovation for an exceptional fitness experience. The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel will bring smart exercise capabilities to athletes of all levels later this year.
With today’s announcement, Intel and SMS Audio are merging lifestyle requirements with technology innovation to enhance the fitness experience. The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel will extend the recently launched SMS Audio Sport Collection and harness advanced technology features to deliver high-quality audio while gathering actionable data on fitness progress.
A global audio headphone and accessories brand, SMS Audio is dedicated to improving the way people around the world experience music by combining technology, function and style to bring a high-quality sound, comfort and fashion to every product. Intel and SMS Audio have partnered to fuse fitness with technology by combining the latest in fitness-monitoring biometric technology with high-quality audio and style.
"The wearable technology collaboration between SMS Audio and Intel elevates our capability to bring smart exercise to consumers," said Brian M. Nohe, president of SMS Audio. "With the introduction of the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel, we’re now the first to provide this level of integrated, seamless and helpful biometric information to inspire customers to advance their fitness experiences."
"Intel is focused on driving innovation in the wearable technology segment by partnering with lifestyle brands like SMS Audio that complement our technology and design expertise," said Michael Bell, corporate vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group at Intel. "With SMS Audio, we will bring smart headphones to market that eliminate the inconvenience of add-on devices with an integrated, one-device fitness accessory offering high-end style and premier sound quality for an exceptional fitness experience. This is a prime example of Intel driving innovation in wearable devices while being a forerunner in merging lifestyle and technology."
SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones Product Highlights:
The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel will deliver an exceptional experience while working out without sacrificing audio quality for those who demand more from life and more from music. The headphones will integrate biometric sensors in a custom heart rate monitor in-ear headphone to empower athletes to collect fitness data and achieve peak physical performance. A patented ear-hook design ensures a comfortable fit while an energy-harvesting audio jack removes the need for extra batteries or chargers.
Fusing Fitness with Technology:
A built-in optical sensor that continuously measures heart rate during intense exercise, states of relaxation and every moment in between – while dynamically removing noise signals caused by body motion and ambient light.
The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones will be available at SMSAudio.com in Q4 2014. Specific pricing will be announced later this year.
For more information, photos or to access the multimedia press kit, please visit www.intel.com/newsroom/smsaudio orwww.smsaudio.net/smsintel.
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