AirPods — Apple’s actually wi-fi stereo (TWS) earphones — may double as a well being monitoring device sooner or later, in accordance with a patent software lately revealed by the US Patent Workplace (USPTO). The Cupertino firm seems to have invented an AirPods sensor mechanism that will permit the earphones to observe electrical impulses from the wearer’s mind. The patent describes a system that may monitor mind exercise that’s usually monitored with using electrodes on a affected person’s head however using AirPods may present a extra discreet technique to monitor mind exercise.
A patent lately revealed on the USPTO web site describes a wearable digital machine like Apple’s AirPods that’s outfitted with electrodes, just like conventional units used to observe biosignals resembling mind exercise, together with electroencephalography, electrooculography, galvanic pores and skin response, blood quantity pulse, and electromyography. This might permit an AirPods wearer to observe their mind exercise even when they’re travelling, with out the necessity for a machine.
In contrast to the normal EEG screens which might be hooked up to a consumer’s scalp, the AirPods are more likely to transfer as soon as they’re inserted in a consumer’s ear. With a view to account for the truth that ear form and measurement can range, the patent describes a system that integrates lively and reference electrodes on the exterior physique of the AirPods’ physique, together with a number of extra electrodes situated at totally different positions on the eartip.
Apple’s patent summary states the “wearable digital machine features a sensor circuit and a switching circuit. The switching circuit is operable to electrically join a lot of totally different subsets of a number of electrodes within the set of electrodes to the sensor circuit.” Whereas the outline would possibly sound somewhat convoluted, the corporate has included a diagram (determine 2) of the purported machine that reveals the place of the electrodes on the wi-fi earphones.
These AirPods’ eartips can be replaceable, in accordance with Apple’s patent software, which additionally described a mechanism (determine 5) that permits a consumer to faucet a bit of the earphone’s physique to start out measurement of biosignals.
In the meantime, one other diagram (determine 10) reveals the situation of each the electrodes on the eartip and the contact delicate space from a distinct angle, whereas suggesting that the performance is also supported on wired earphones resembling EarPods or a pair of glasses — the reference and lively electrodes could be positioned on the primary and second stem of the glasses, in accordance with the doc.
It’s at present unclear whether or not Apple plans to convey the power to measure biosignals to its fashionable AirPods and different wearable units, whereas a current report means that the corporate is exploring methods so as to add new well being options resembling temperature monitoring to its earphones. Apple can be engaged on methods to reinforce its present well being monitoring merchandise and is reportedly engaged on including non-invasive blood sugar monitoring to the Apple Watch, which is predicted to make its technique to a future model of the wearable machine.
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