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Strapless Heart Rate Maker Turns to Kickstarter

By Jeff Dengate Mio , maker of health and fitness watches that incorporate heartrate monitoring and GPS technology, has turned to Kickstarter to raise funds for its newest innovation, the Alpha. To bring the watch to market, Mio is using the funding platform to raise $100,000, which will finance the molds and tooling necessary to build production-quality models. Previously, Mio's heartrate monitoring watches such as Drive+ required you to touch two sensors on the face of the watch to get an on-demand reading of your pulse. This eliminated the need for a chest strap, but the limitation is that athletes do not get continuous monitoring during a workout. In a joint effort with developers at Philips Electronics, Mio developed a way to manufacture a new watch that continuously measures your heart rate at the wrist. A light is emitted from the backside of the watch, and is measu...

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