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Intel and 50 Cent's SMS Audio are working on smartphone headphones that can monitor your pulse

SMS Audio, the audio brand co-founded by Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, is working with Intel Corporation on a headphone system that’ll incorporate biometric sensors. Its forthcoming SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel will include an optical heart rate monitor to collect fitness data. No additional batteries or charges are required; the headphones will be powered via a standard 3.5mm audio jack.

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The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones are IPX4 rated for moisture protection and will sync with the popular RunKeeper fitness app. Support for other apps is planned. They’ll also have an in-line microphone for hands-free calls.

Michael Bell, corporate vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group at Intel, 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. With SMS Audio, we 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. This is a prime example of Intel driving innovation in wearable devices while being a forerunner in merging lifestyle and technology.”

Availability and pricing information is expected by the end of the year.

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