JABRA HAS ANNOUNCED its entry to the Internet of Things market with a wearable fitness monitor built into a pair of earbuds.
The Jabra Sport Pulse is a Dolby enhanced pair of Bluetooth 4.0 LE wireless earbuds with a heart rate monitor, accelerometer, pedometer and access to individual tailored coaching as you exercise.
The Sport Pulse pairs via NFC with a smartphone app called Sport Life, which allows you to enter vital statistics, goals and existing abilities, and then tailors in-ear voice coaching.
The Sport Life app interfaces with most major sports tracking apps including Endomondo, Map My Run and Runtastic, meaning there is no need to start recording from scratch when you begin using it.
The heart-rate monitor takes your pulse within your ear, and Jabra marketing director Jonathan Pennington, himself a barefoot running coach, explained that the ear is one of the most accurate measurement points on the body and will yield a far more accurate reading than taken by a chest belt or wrist strap.
"In our testing, we were able to achieve results with the Jabra Sport Pulse near equivalent (99.2 percent) to those of an Electrocardiogram (ECG) machine in a hospital environment," said Pennington.
The continuing explosion of fitness wearables powered by Bluetooth LE has led to a range of devices of varying quality. In a recent report for The INQUIRER, we discovered that pedometers can often give wildly different readings. With fitness measurement products built into devices such as the iPhone 5S, wearable third-party fitness products are having to up their games.
Jabra is aiming the Sport Pulse at the premium enthusiast end of the market, with Pennington explaining, "We want a product that's accessible to all that shows them their potential, not just their ability. It's about being able to be just that bit better than you thought."
The Jabra Sport Pulse will go on sale in October priced at £199.99. µ