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Apple looks to patent yoga calorie counting

An Indian man demonstrating advanced yoga poses in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
An Indian man demonstrating advanced yoga poses in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (Photo: Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ever wonder how many calories you are burning doing yoga? Well Apple has applied for a patent for a way to do just that.

Why it matters: The pitch for Apple Watch is being able to measure your exercise, whatever it is and people hate it when their form "doesn't count."

Apple's proposal suggests using a heart-rate sensor, a thermometer to measure ambient temperature as well as motion-sensing.

From Apple's filing

A motion sensing module can collect user's motion data. In some embodiments, a hot yoga session can be detected based on measured ambient temperature. In some embodiments, a yoga type can be detected based on the motion data. In some embodiments, an energy expenditure model can be applied based on the determined yoga type.

Standard patent disclaimer: Patents represent an idea that a company has but don't always mean something is coming to market.

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