Posts Tagged ‘Bluetooth Smart’
We saw the Wahoo Fitness RFLKT computer at Interbike last September and now the company has announced that it is ready to roll. The RFLKT – that’s reportedly pronounced “reflect” – displays data from a user’s iPhone via Bluetooth Smart, allowing the handset to be stashed in a pocket or pack.
The device can allow users to control apps such as Wahoo’s own Fitness for Cycling App, and control features such as start/stop intervals, toggle through screens and even control music playback.
RFLKT is also compatible with third-party apps including Strava and Cyclemeter, essentially putting the control on the handlebars while the handset can stay safely tucked away.
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Fitbug is making a big splash at this year’s International CES. The company has introduced its new Wow scale, which features Bluetooth Smart ready technology to allow those stepping on to wirelessly sync data in real time to their mobile devices. The data can be further integrated with the Fitbug Air, the tracking device recently launched by Fitbug, or from the fitbug.com website. This will allow users to track and work towards achieving their personal health goals.
The Wow scale is compatible with Bluetooth Smart Ready iOS devices and will be ready to size up users in March.
Fitbug Official Website
While winter means hitting the training bike, spinning is something that can be done year round, and Madd Dogg Athletics have announced the updated Spinning app, v6.35 for iOS and 1.51 for Android. This app, powered by Digifit, provides a complete workout tracking system for those who want to get into the spin.
It can track heart rate, distance, duration, caloric burn, weight loss and it isn’t just limited to spining. The app can work with cycling, running, walking and hiking as well. Workouts can be tracked in real time, where users are provided feedback and motivation as they work out, and data is transferred to a personalized Spinning.com account. From here users can view, share, graph and trend their progress. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s activity monitors, and then there’s apps that track your activity. But then what happens with all that data? Polar created Polar Beat, a next generation exercise training app. While other devices will sync up to the app, Polar recommends the new Polar H7 heart rate sensor, which is the first device from the company to use low energy Bluetooth Smart technology. Read the rest of this entry »
Cyclists of all levels use devices to track distance, time, calories burned and even altitude. But one aspect has largely been ignored – power! At Interbike this week Stages Cycling launched its new patent-pending power meter, the StageONE, which go on sale in January.
The new crank-based power meter aims to allow riders to take advantage of the ability to track power output while riding. The meter is sold factory assembled and built on 14 different aluminum crank models from Cannondale, Shimano and SRAM – with prices starting at just $699. The power meter can transmit to any ANT+ enabled device, and also is compatible with Bluetooth Smart radio devices, so it can work with smartphones utilizing Bluetooth 4.0, including iOS devices. Read the rest of this entry »
You may not realize it, but there’s a small war brewing in the sports and fitness industry. The combatants are ANT+ and the newer Bluetooth Smart technology. Since it’s introduction in 2010, ANT+ (which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin) has been the technology of choice for various fitness gadgets ranging from heart rate monitors to foot pods. The technology allows for the collection, automatic transfer, and tracking of sensor data. In other words, it’s the reason the heart rate strap on your chest can communicate with the heart rate monitor on your wrist.
However, Bluetooth Smart, which uses less power than ANT+, is quickly gaining traction and according to a recent report from IMS Research, it will overtake ANT+ as the technology of choice for fitness gear by 2016.
We’ve already started seeing gadgets using the new technology. Among the heavy hitters supporting Bluetooth Smart are Wahoo Fitness, Motorola, and Nike. Smartphones are also expected to side with Bluetooth Smart (the Motororla DROID RAZR and Apple iPhone 4S are among the more popular handsets.) Read the rest of this entry »
We’ll be interested to get a closer look at the Wahoo Blue HR Bluetooth heart rate monitor that will be officially unveiled at next month’s Consumer Electronics Sow. It will reportedly connect with an iPhone 4S as well as other devices that are Bluetooth Smart (4.0) ready. Video and full press release after the jump