Polar V800 and Garmin fenix 2 top the list of Bluetooth Smart enabled sports watches that represent the next generation of sports watches says the Heart Rate Watch Company.
Why Bluetooth Smart Is Becoming The Bridge
“Bluetooth Smart is becoming important because a lot of people don’t use a PC anymore, they are all on tablets or phones”, says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He adds, “Many tablets and phones don’t have a cabled USB port option meaning there is no way to transfer the data without Bluetooth Smart”.
“The other aspect of Bluetooth Smart is that it is very low energy, so batteries last longer”, says Squire. He adds, “Polar is getting ahead of the curve on this, TomTom is also using Bluetooth, as is Garmin, but few companies have fully embraced it and they need to quickly”.
Current Heart Rate Monitors and GPS Watches With Bluetooth
“The key to all of this is having Bluetooth Smart become the inter-device communication standard so that device data can be transferred without any cables”, says Squire. He adds, “Polar V800, TomTom GPS watches, Garmin Edge 1000, Garmin fenix 2 and a host of new cutting edge devices all use Bluetooth Smart, but 90% of the devices out there for sale do not”.
Fitness In Transition
“While a lot of consumers are attempting to use apps on their phones, phones are not the most convenient method of gathering data during sports because you have to carry the phone”, says Squire. He adds, “Watches are much more convenient but the key was getting them to share data with mobile appliances”.
“Suunto is going to need to step it up and get transitioning to Bluetooth and Polar needs to add it across their entire product line, as does Garmin”, says Squire. He adds, “This will happen over the next year or so”.
“Embedding technology in glasses is annoying, and a distraction, but embedding cameras in helmets, goggles and other devices that can receive data from watches is technology that is already here”, says Squire.
Talk To The Experts
“If you’d like to talk to a real fitness technology expert than simply call us at 866-586-7129″, says Squire. He adds, “We think you’ll appreciate talking with folks that really test and use the products they sell”.