Samsung is working on a new set of athletic earbuds codenamed “Bean”
Samsung has filed a trademark application in Europe for a new set of athletic earbuds. Codenamed “Bean”, they will keep you in shape with heart rate and activity sensors, as well as a fitness coach.
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The request, which was filed on March 2nd, was first spotted by LetsGoDigital. It describes a set of wireless buds that in addition to playing tunes have the ability to measure steps, activity, heart rate and more. There’s also something akin to a fitness coach although it is not clear from the application what this would do.
The trademark description is as follows:
“Wearable wireless ear sets comprised primarily of an MP3 player; wireless ear sets incorporating a sensor for detecting whether the ear set is on or off; wireless ear sets incorporating software for providing a fitness guide; wireless ear sets incorporating software for measuring distance, speed, time, changes in heart rate, activity level, calories burned; earphones.”
The application is slotted under Class 9. This includes trademarks for nautical, scientific, surveying, cinematographic, photographic, measuring, signaling and weighing devices.
The new buds are expected to feature the 2-way dynamic speaker and the excellent battery life of the company’s Galaxy Buds Plus. These allow for up to 11 hours of playback on a single charge. Predecessor devices include Samsung’s first entry into the space in 2016, the Gear IconX. These were followed by IconX in 2018.
For now, this is just a trademark so we are yet to see if it makes it into a real-world product. Biometric earbuds have been around for a while but the competition is not too stiff at the moment. This is, however, likely to change in the near future. Wearables suppliers are increasingly looking beyond the wrist, and the ears may very well be the next big thing.
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