As per a patent application submitted with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), AirPods could acquire a ‘pose detection’ feature in the future to integrate with Apple Fitness+ and support consumers in their fitness journey. Apple already has the Apple Watch, which allows for activity trackers while on the go. Nevertheless, Apple appears to be planning to employ AirPods to enhance Fitness+ and make it more appealing to fitness fans, in addition to the Apple Watch.
According to Apple Insider, the patent filing reveals that Apple is working on new AirPods with built-in tracking technology. The user’s abstract reads, “Ear buds may have sensors to acquire orientation information such as accelerometer measurements during user motions.” “A host electronic device may connect wirelessly with the ear buds and may be used to create an ear bud system that offers coaching and feedback to the user while analysing user experience of the a movement pattern or other training routine.”
Whenever a digital trainer is leading users through the procedure, the AirPods need to take exact measurements to comprehend actions. The earbuds “may acquire accelerometer data in a first reference frame” and “may employ a rotation matrix to rotate data in first frame of reference into a secondary reference frame including a neutrality reference having a fixed orientation to the earth,” according to the patent.
According to the patent application, “the data in the neutral reference frame may be analysed using a user head pose look-up table to categorise measured user head positions as belonging to respective user head poses.”
Customers will receive auditory feedback on their earphones once the data has been collected and analysed, which will assist them better their motions and positions while exercising.
Mac filed its most recent provisional patent with USPTO on October 29, 2021, and the trademark office published it on February 17, 2022. And there were some other requests dating back to March 2017 that were related to the continuing development.
Back in 2014, there were rumours that the AirPods might have fitness monitoring built in. According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal last year, health-related functions like as posture tracking, body temperature assessment, and hearing enhancements are not expected this year.
Nevertheless, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman speculated in May that the AirPods Pro 2 might be released with fitness tracking via upgraded motion sensors in 2022.
Last year, Apple launched Workout+, a subscription-based service that allows users to virtually access fitness activities. The initial experience is only available on the Apple Watch, but AirPods might be the next hardware sector to boost revenue from the service.
Apple has yet to disclose whether or not it will contemplate releasing a commercial version of its fitness-focused AirPods.