A few months ago, Apple released its super expensive AirPods Max, and now, there is news about an Apple patent that details some pretty exciting features possibly for its upcoming AirPods TWS earbuds.
The patent is named “Detecting Through-Body Inputs At A Wearable Audio Device”. It explains the different ways in which a user will be able to use their body parts to control the earbuds. Some key features of the said earbuds are no touch-sensitive areas, buttons, or digital crowns to change tracks or control the volume.
So, basically, with this technology, body movements of the user will be detected by the wireless earphone and those will be taken as inputs to control different media functions. The patent suggests that these body movements might be as simple as the clicking of the tongue or the teeth.
The patent further reads “The user may contact an exterior surface of their body, such as the skin on his or her face. Further examples of input actions include a user clicking his or her teeth together or clicking his or her tongue. Input actions may further include a user moving a body part, such as moving (e.g., shaking) his or her head, moving his or her hands, arms, legs, and so on”.
Overall, this sounds pretty futuristic and cool but there are some potential concerns regarding using these media control gestures in the real world because you might accidentally do some movements without intending to change anything in your earbud. Queries like this will remain unanswered until and unless Apple implements the tech in the next-generation AirPods.