While Apple’s reported development of heart rate-monitoring Earpods turned out to be a hoax, that doesn’t mean you have to wait for the Cupertino cult to turn fiction into fact if you want fitness feedback from your headphones. A project on Kickstarter, FreeWavz, hopes to make the idea a reality, offering heart rate and fitness biofeedback from wireless “smart earphones.”
Developed by Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor, Eric Hensen, FreeWavz are fitted with “medical-grade pulse oximeters and accelerometers” which track a variety of stats to help you stay healthy. Monitoring includes heart rate, calories burned, distance traveled, and even oxygen saturation, all of which is delivered to an app on your phone, and transmitted audibly. But that’s really just the start of the wide feature set FreeWavz hopes to deliver to its backers.
Unlike the wide majority of ‘wireless’ Bluetooth headsets on the market, the FreeWavz earpieces are completely wireless, pulling the audio independently to each earpiece so there’s no need for a tether to connect them. The earpieces also claim to offer a superior fit with a 4-point system that’s ergonomically designed and layered with a rubberized shell that’s sweat and water resistant.
They also offer dual sets of onboard microphones, one of which is dedicated to filter in ambient noise from your surroundings to keep you safe and environmentally aware. Users can adjust the sound mix on each earpiece independently from 100 percent environmental isolation, to 100 percent listen-through, to filter out music entirely. Additional features include onboard volume control, a multi-function button for receiving phone calls and controlling music playback, and a max eight hour battery runtime.