One More Thing: AirPods will measure your Body Temperature and Respiratory Rate

Wireless. Effortless. Magical.

It is mid-Sep. It is Apple time. iPhone and Apple Watch get the spotlight. They are great products. But I am more interested in AirPods because it is something new, and magical.

Hearable? Yes
Audio Computing? Yes
Life saving???

In my previous posts (this and this) in 2014, I predicted “iWatch” would be health centric and could measure life vitals – pulse rate, body temperature and blood pressure. Only pulse (heart) rate came true. I think we will have in coming Oct two more vitals – body temperature and respiratory rate.

Vitals” width=”169″ height=”300″> iPhone Health app > Vitals

According to HowStuffWorks.com, eardrum is a good point to measure core body temperature from because it is recessed inside the head. We put a tympanic (ear) thermometer inside the external ear canal to measure the infrared radiation from the eardrum. Tympanic thermometer is fast and creates no discomfort. The key measurement component is infrared sensor.

Ear Thermometer (source: drugs.com)

Ear Thermometer (source: drugs.com)

There are recent researches to estimate respiratory rate using tri-axial accelerometer. Recode reported in mid-2014 that Spire developed breath monitoring device. One of the key component is accelerometer.

With W1s, infrared sensors and motion accelerometers, AirPods are capable to re-invent tympanic thermometers and respiratory rate measurement devices.

Simultaneous out-of-range readings of multiple life vitals possibly indicate unhealthy or even adverse condition. If this happens, Apple Watch will alert you (to use the Breath app to calm down). If this happens for a prolong period and alerts are unattended, then Apple Watch SOS will initiate a call with local emergency. It may save a life!

Apple Watch SOS

Apple Watch SOS

It is more than magical.

Apple One More Thing always brings good surprise. Thank you.

Reference:
How to take an ear temperature | Drugs.com
Respiratory Rate and Flow Waveform Estimation from Tri-axial Accelerometer Data | IEEE
The AirPods are Apple’s first ear computer | Slate
A New Wearables Platform | Above Avalon
Gadget Lab Podcast – The Thing That Gets You to The Thing | Wired

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