Apple has recently filed a groundbreaking patent for a new AirPod design that includes bio-monitoring electrodes capable of measuring electrical brain activity. This innovation could transform AirPods from mere headphones into advanced wearable healthcare devices, potentially monitoring various aspects of users’ physiology, including hearing and brain functions, over time.

The patent reveals Apple’s intention to offer less invasive and more versatile options for health-monitoring electrodes. Typically, such devices are expensive and need customization for individual users. In contrast, the new AirPod design proposes an array of electrodes that can be configured to meet users’ specific needs, presenting a more cost-effective alternative.

Notably, Apple has also explored using AirPods to enhance hearing health by screening for hearing issues through different sound tests and incorporating hearing aid capabilities into their design. Although the timeline for these features’ commercialization remains uncertain, the next generation of AirPods promises a much wider range of capabilities than previously seen.

Article written by Scarlett Evans



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