Apple patent application describes measuring workout activity from inside user’s ear canal

MacMall 96 Hour Apple Sale“New patent applications revealed this week show that Apple has investigated technology with advanced physiological sensors for measuring workout activity from inside the user’s ear canal,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“In addition, the iPod maker has also applied for creation of a system to share graphical user interfaces with external accessories,” Hughes reports.

“Apple currently has a number of fitness-oriented features available in its iPod line, but the Cupertino, Calif., company’s latest patent describes an extremely advanced system using unique technology. Among a number of described methods for measuring exertion during physical exercise include sensing light that travels through the user’s earlobe to determine blood oxygen levels,” Hughes reports

There’s much more, including patent app illustrations that detail the proposed GUI and more, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iLobe.


  1. Next tech will include ultra sound diagnostics? As usual, Apple inc is busy prepping products we do not know that we need but will find we could never do without one they are unleashed. SO enough with the tablets!!!!

  2. How different is this from similar devices which measure oxygenation while clamped on the outside of a finger? OK, finger vs earlobe … that need not be a real difference in the technology. But it could be.

  3. Merging technology with the human body’s nothing new – Steve’s done that before. Though that Steve was “Steve Austin – Six Million Dollar Man”

    From the way he’s going, Steve Jobs will be the Six Billion Dollar Man fairly soon ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Thank you anonymous corrector! Not the first time I’ve been wrong. Maybe the last, but not banking on it. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> Apparently I should more than skim an article or keep opinions to myself.

  5. I am a Tae Kwon Do instructor and student. As long as there is nothing protruding from my ear, this could be be workable.

    Currently this is nothing that I can use as a monitor that does not interfere with movement or that could hurt someone else if contact is made.


  6. @ kenh:

    I am a 2º black belt in TKD, and would LOVE something like this. I agree that there is nothing that can be worn which allows for safe practice/training in martial arts. It would be great to be able to monitor heart rate, blood pressure, length and intensity of workouts, etc.

    I still don’t think I’d want to wear anything while sparring, though!

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