50 Cent, Intel, Develop Fitness-Tracking Headphones


SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones

Israeli company Intel and SMS, founded by Raper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, on Thursday night introduced the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones.

Powered by Intel, the new earbuds were added to the SMS Audio Sport Collection, launched in July with NBA star Carmelo Anthony as a partner.

And the BioSport are able to gather fitness data via integrated biometric sensors and the custom heart-rate monitor.

“With SMS Audio, [Intel] 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, ” Michael Bell, corporate vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group at Intel, said in a statement.

With built-in optical sensors, the headphones measure heart rate during intense exercise, states of relaxation, and every second in between. They also remove noise signals caused by body motion and ambient light for clear audio even during the most grueling workouts, SMS said.

Simply plug in the BioSport headphones, which comes with a gold-plated, energy-harvesting audio jack, eliminating the need for extra batteries or chargers. And don’t worry about sweating or running in the rain: SMS Audio’s new headphones are built to protect against sweat and resist water.

Intel and SMS Audio to develop fitness wearables

“The wearable technology collaboration between SMS Audio and Intel elevates our capability to bring smart exercise to consumers, ” SMS President Brian Nohe said. “we are now the first to provide this level of integrated, seamless and helpful biometric information to inspire customers to advance their fitness experiences.”

Wearers can also sync their earbuds with fitness app RunKeeper to help track heart rate, pace, distance, elevation, and calorie burn. The app also allows for planning fitness routines and tracking progress. Additional support will be available in the future.


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