updated 02:15 pm EDT, Fri August 15, 2014
SMS Audio BioSport headphones feeds back heart rate to mobile app
Intel has partnered with SMS Audio, the headphone company by rapper 50 Cent, to develop headphones designed for fitness tracking. The BioSport In-Ear Headphones includes a built-in optical heart rate monitor, one which continuously collects data about the wearer's pulse as they go through intense exercise or a relaxation routine.
The earbuds are able to monitor the heart rate without the need for batteries, by using electricity running through the headphone cable. Resistant to sweat and water, the earbuds feed data back to an app on a smartphone, with Runkeeper being the first to offer support, and other apps expected to use the data in the future. The headphones are also supplied with a tangle-free cord with an in-line microphone, three sizes of ear gels and hooks, and a neoprene carrying case.
SMS Audio expects to sell the BioSport In-Ear Headphones in the fourth quarter, though it has declined to provide a price.