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February 11, 2010

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Tom, Apple has a patent covering a sophisticated Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) as shown below:

Patent: http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2009/06/apple-tv-to-take-sporting-events-to-a-whole-new-level.html

Granted Patent: http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2009/12/apple-wins-patents-for-imac-major-sporting-events-devices-yet-to-surface.html

Anyone who loves running, jogging or even power walking would want this working with their Apple media players. This is definitely a patent we all hope comes to life sooner rather than later.

The optimist in me thinks that's a patent that hints at the possibilities for a Heart Rate monitor accessory that will wirelessly communicate with a HR monitor. There was a picture/fake picture of iTunes expanding what Nike+ did, and iTunes itself pushing more into the sports scene. Unfortunately it's just a patent for an armband at the moment. But with a dongle attachment, you'd want such an armband....

Some loyal Apple fans, who do running, jumping, climbing trees have been waiting for HRM for a long time - maybe we'll have to wait for iTunes X for this.

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