20 August 2014

SMS Audio headphones powered by Intel will track fitness

Intel has partnered with SMS Audio, an audio headphone and accessories brand from Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, to produce a personal audio system that combines technology and fitness called the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel.

The new headphones will be part of the recently-launched SMS Audio Sport Collection and are designed to deliver high-quality audio while gathering actionable data on fitness progress.

"With SMS Audio, we will bring smart headphones to market that eliminate the inconvenience of add-on devices with an integrated, one-device fitness accessory offering high-end style and premier sound quality for an exceptional fitness experience. This is a prime example of Intel driving innovation in wearable devices while being a forerunner in merging lifestyle and technology," 
said Michael Bell, Corporate VP and GM of the New Devices Group at Intel.

The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel will integrate biometric sensors in a custom heart rate monitor in-ear headphone to collect fitness data. A built-in optical sensor that continuously measures heart rate during intense exercise, states of relaxation and every moment in between - while dynamically removing noise signals caused by body motion and ambient light.
Source: Intel.
To help track heart rate, pace, distance, elevation and calorie burn, the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones will be compatible with mainstream fitness app RunKeeper, with additional application support planned in the future. The earphones will also be IPX4 rated for protection against sweat and resistance to water. A patented ear-hook design ensures a comfortable fit while an energy-harvesting audio jack removes the need for extra batteries or chargers.

The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones will be available at SMSAudio.com in Q4 2014. Specific pricing will be announced later this year.