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Apple iWatch may have built-in heart monitor

December 27, 2013 1:55pm
Could the upcoming iWatch, Apple's attempt at a smart wristwatch, include a heart rate monitor?
The possibility arose after Apple was granted 23 patents in time for Christmas, enthusiast site Patently Apple reported on Christmas Eve.
"(B)eyond it being embedded into a future iPhone, the heart rate monitor could be embedded into an accessory," the site said.
It noted Apple's CEO and other team members were seen wearing Nike's Fuel band earlier this year.
This led to speculation that Apple's prospective iWatch "would be an ideal device for embedding a health monitoring system."
According to Patently Apple, the cardiac sensor can be integrated in any part of the device, including a part where it comes into contact with the user.
"For example, the electronic device may extract one or more characteristic durations associated with the user's heart rate. As another example, the electronic device may extract one or more characteristic amplitudes or amplitude ratios associated with the user's heart rate," Patently Apple said.
Added security feature
Patently Apple said the invention also suggests Apple could use a user's unique heart rate as a secondary biometric security feature in its Touch ID, which presently scans fingerprints as a security measure.
With this, it said an Apple device could allow the user to "access private banking applications, or conduct financial transactions (e.g., transferring funds to different accounts, or purchasing merchandise) using the electronic device."
Other patents 
Patently Apple said two other newly granted patents for Apple include a "Touch and Hover Signal" technology and to systems and methods for sensing or determining user activities and responding to the user's activities using artificial intelligence process.  — TJD, GMA News

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