After the Apple Watch Series 7 which measures heart rate and detects blood oxygen level , AirPodsThis may well be Apple’s next accessory to monitor user health. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal , Apple is studying the potential of AirPods for the health of users .
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These new AirPods could have three main features. They would serve as a certified medical hearing aid and approved by government agencies. Wireless headphones would also be able to warn the user if their posture is poor and to detect fever thanks to an in-ear thermometer.
The first AirPods that monitor health would arrive as early as 2023
This is not the first time that we hear about AirPods to monitor the health of users. In August, research by Apple and Cornell University suggested that AirPods could measurerer your respiratory rate . Apple is very interested in tracking users using wearable devices like Apple Watch, iPhone and now AirPods. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that iPhone could help detect and diagnose generalized anxiety, depression, and cognitive decline .
For example, future AirPods would use motion sensors to detect whether you are sitting or standing. If you have poor posture, you may hear a warning in your ear to alert you. In addition, body temperature measurement would adapt very well to AirPods since thermometers are often in-ear. The Wall Street Journal would like to point out that these health-oriented AirPods are notare unlikely to arrive anytime soon. None of these features are expected for next year. Therefore, AirPods of 2023 could be the first to welcome health-related features.
Regarding medical hearing aid , Apple is reportedly trying to get official approval from a government agency. Its goal would be to classify AirPods as a hearing aid. They could help people with mild and moderate hearing loss . However, the certification of hearing aids in the United States is particularly strict and Apple has not yet obtained it. This functionality could therefore arrive even later than the previous two.