Activity trackers are headed in a brand new direction, one that will benefit everyone involved. For over a year now these devices have done a great job recording steps, a modest job monitoring other activities, and frankly a less than stellar job doing much else. All of that is starting to change as these devices are borrowing some of the best fitness features from their closely related cousins. These wrist-worn gadgets are starting to include a very important new feature: heart rate monitoring. In this installment we’ll review and compare the Basis Peak versus Microsoft Band, and make some comparisons to the Polar M400, and the up-coming Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge units. Continue reading COMPARISON: Basis Peak vs Microsoft Band vs Polar M400
There was a time before smart phones where you had to carry around your address book, your daily planner, and if you needed it, your camera. Now you can have all of that and more in the palm of your hand, thanks to a desire by consumers for converged devices which we rightfully call smart phones.
This same evolution is quickly happening in the health & fitness technology sub-sector. Not only do we expect our existing smart phones to work as health-recording devices, we’re also beginning to expect more from the more basic sensors that have been around for years. But is it possible for something as simple as the good ol’ chest-strap heart rate monitor to accurately record extra data, such as stride and running form? Let’s find out!