Users can monitor and track their heart rate via the RunKeeper app

Intel develops in-ear fitness tracker

Intel has teamed up with SMS audio, the company owned by rapper 50 Cent, to develop headphones designed for fitness and health.

Following a prototype Intel showcased earlier this year, the new set has been dubbed ‘BioSport In-Ear Headphones’, which can track a user’s heart rate during exercise.

Using optical sensors, the device will be able to look at blood flow through the skin to provide users with a heart rate reading.

Users are then able to track their data via the app RunKeeper, which will allow them to monitor their speed and distance when running using a smartphone’s GPS system.

Mike Bell, general manager of Intel’s New Devices Group, said: “Intel is focused on driving innovation in the wearable technology segment by partnering with lifestyle brands like SMS Audio, that complement our technology and design expertise.”

The headphones will go on sale during the fourth quarter and the price will be revealed later in the year.

The news comes after Intel announced its plans to partner with the Michael J. Fox foundation, developing new tech wearables to help combat the disease.

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