29 Jun '15, 10pm

Tech Trends: The End of Chest-Worn Heart Rate Sensors?

Tech Trends: The End of Chest-Worn Heart Rate Sensors?

The open secret about traditional heart-rate sensors is that no one really wants to wear them. Don’t get me wrong, these sensors provide helpful training information, but the awkward and constrictive nature of the chest strap can be a dealbreaker. For many runners, heart rate data is not worth the hassle. Until recently, those looking for a more comfortable way to measure and record that data were out of luck. Optical heart rate sensors built into wrist-worn devices provide a new alternative. This technology is an important component of some current generation fitness trackers, smart watches and GPS running watches. Some notable devices include: Apple Watch, Fitbit Surge & Charge HR and Garmin Forerunner 225. This shift to optical sensors is not a small development, but one that could signal the beginning of the end for chest straps. How does it work? An optical heart rate...

Full article: http://running.competitor.com/2015/06/shoes-and-gear/tech...

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