Apple granted patent for embedded heart rate monitor

December 24, 2013
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Basically, Apple's invention measures cardiac signals read by sensors embedded into metallic conductive portions of a device housing. 

Apple's U.S. Patent No. 8,615,290 for a "Seamlessly embedded heart rate monitor" relies on sensors to read a user's EKG data, which can then be used to authenticate said user or indicate their mood. 

 

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