Every morning before I head out for my run I have a routine, wetting my chest and the back of my heart-rate monitor and making sure it registers in the Wahoo fitness app before starting my run. Reliability and comfort are issues with monitors, but now Scosche introduced new heart-rate monitor technology at CES 2014 that addresses those issues!
Here is what they are saying:
Scosche is excited to unveil RHYTHM SMART +, an Innovations Award Honoree today at the 2014 International CES. The armband heart monitor optically measures blood flow and movement to calculate heart rate and calories burned more accurately than conventional heart rate monitors.
The dual mode wireless configuration includes both Bluetooth Smart and ANT + capabilities, allowing it to pair with smartphones, sport watches and exercise equipment from up to 100 ft. away. RHYTHM SMART + is compatible with the most popular fitness apps including RunKeeper, Map My Fitness, Strava and all other apps that support Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitors. With the onboard memory users can workout in freeRUN mode without the need to carry their device with them.
The sensor attaches around the arm just below the elbow, which will eliminate the discomfort and chafing of chest straps. Also, the RHYTHM SMART + acts as a music controller, so you can adjust songs and volumes without stopping to access your phone.
The RHYTHM SMART + uses Valencell, Inc.’s PerformTek® sensor technology, which tehy claim provides “unrivaled biometric data accuracy” in a smaller footprint than conventional sensors. Scosche has also designed for maximum compatibility by including both Bluetooth Smart and ANT + capabilities in the sensor.
No pricing or availability were included, but price expectations are that it will be the same or slightly higher than the $99.99 of the original Rhythm.