The MIO Alpha Heart Rate Monitor is the world’s first continuous heart rate monitor that does not require a chess strap but with accuracy comparable to chess strap monitors. It can even be used to measure heart rate while at sports performance speeds like running or cycling.
Up till now, chess straps are the only reliable and accurate method to monitor continuous heart rate. However, straps are uncomfortable and can get in the way of your activity. The MIO Alpha Heart Rate Monitor is worn like a watch around the wrist. It uses light beams and an electro-optical cell to sense the volume of blood under the skin.
The data collected by the watch can be transmitted to a compatible app on iPhone 5/5s or iPhone 4s via Bluetooth LE (BLE 4.0). Compatible apps include popular fitness apps like Endomondo, miCoach and RunKeeper. Additional data such as speed, distance and pace can be obtained when paired with an iPhone.
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