May 26 : Tech giant Apple has always been trying to include health monitoring features in its products, be it its mobile phones or its smartwatches. Faced with competition from its rivals Google and Microsoft, Apple may go a step ahead and would consider adding the health monitoring features in its future versions of AirPods.
It is reported that the iPhone maker would add Ambient Light Sensors (ALS) in its future AirPods to monitor blood oxygen level, heart rate and other health data. Taiwan’s ASE Technology may manufacture these sensors in the next 2-3 years.
A similar technology is found in Galaxy S9 that monitors the users’ heartbeat. Galaxy S9 has a sensor incorporated in it that flashes a light through the user's skin and measures the variations in his heart rate.
Experts point out that it would be challenging as well as interesting to see how Apple would use a sensor technology in a tiny AirPods to monitor health data. Experts also point out that the company may use light sensors to check the user’s health conditions. Experts also point out that the light sensors in the future AirPods may be similar to those used in Apple Smart Watch to measure heart rate. Apple Smart Watch has an optical heart sensor that uses a technique called photoplethysmography, which collects health data.
Even before the Apple lovers get excited, it is pointed out that a prototype of the product is currently under testing. In the coming months, it will be clear if the product will successfully make its way to the market.
It is said that the popular Apple AirPods are facing competition from Google and Microsoft. Apple had always stayed a notch up in sound quality, design and brand awareness. But the competition is now about how smart the future AirPods will be in terms of new features. Users want the AirPods to do more than just blasting music into their ears. Google has confirmed that its Pixel Buds will have feature drops, which was first found in the Pixel phone.
Microsoft, on the other hand, has added some smart features in its Surface Earbuds such as reading Outlook emails aloud and live voice transcription for PowerPoint slides.
Meanwhile, while Apple’s AirPods Pro 2 and AirPods 3 will enter production in 2021, its over-ear headphones will go into production this year.