First heart rate monitor to utilize new bluetooth technology and iPhone sync hits the market

The start of January has some exciting new technologies on the horizon. Recently, Wahoo Fitness announced their new product, BlueHR — a fitness heart rate monitor — can sync to your iPhone 4s via bluetooth and without the need for addition adaptors.

All users have to do with the BlueHR device  is to strap it around their sternum, and they will be able to monitor stats such as their heart rate and the number of calories they are burning via their smartphone. It currently uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology, and as such, the only smartphone that currently has that capability is the iPhone 4S.

We wrote an in-depth article about Bluetooth 4.0 when the iPhone 4s was released, commenting on how it could be a boom for mobile health devices due to the following features of the protocol:

  • Ultra-low peak, average and idle mode power consumption
  • Ability to run for years on standard coin-cell batteries
  • Low cost
  • Multi-vendor interoperability
  • Enhanced range

In fact, in a recent interview with Qualcomm Life VP Rick Valencia, unconnected medical devices will soon be a thing of the past as more and more monitoring technologies are incorporated into mobile devices.  Even the second class of resident startups announced by Rock Health all have a mobile component that can be accessed via a smartphone.  We expect this trend to continue in the future.

The company has announced, though, that as more smartphones incorporate Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the number of health and exercise applications supported by the BlueHR in 2012 will increase.

Wahoo Fitness is a company that develops mobile fitness products, and one of their mottos is: “Connecting iPhones to Fitness”. They have a host of devices and sensors that track everything from your heart rate to your speed and cadence.

The video below demonstrates how the device seamlessly works.

The price is tentatively set at $79.99: WahooFitness

Source: mHealthWatch

Cory Shultz contributed to this piece


Iltifat Husain, MD

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Mobile App curriculum at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is also the founder of iPrescribeApps, a platform for prescribing apps to patients. Dr. Husain has given lectures on digital medicine globally. He went to North Carolina State University for undergrad and went to medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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9 Responses to First heart rate monitor to utilize new bluetooth technology and iPhone sync hits the market

  1. Paul Sonnier January 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    According to Mike Foley, Executive Director of the Bluetooth SIG, this is not the first “First heart rate monitor to utilize new bluetooth technology”. This is the discussion that ensued from this iMedicalApps article I shared in the Wireless Health group:

    Best regards,
    Paul Sonnier

    Founder, 8,000+ Member Wireless Health group on LinkedIn
    Mentor, Blueprint Health
    Co-chair, Healthcare Communications SIG at CommNexus San Diego
    Twitter: WirelessHealth1

    • Iltifat Husain, MD January 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

      Paul, the keyword in the title is “and iPhone sync”. If you read the link we provide in the post, we have a previous post that says that other bluetooth fitness tech with bluetooth 4.0 already exist. The key for this is it’s the first one that is actively working with the iPhone 4s and syncing with apps.

      • Paul Sonnier January 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

        Thanks, Iltifat!

        • Iltifat Husain, MD January 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

          No problem, thanks for the great discussion!

        • Paul Sonnier January 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

          And thank you / iMedicalApps for the superb content!!!

  2. alireza February 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    does it compatible with Iphone 4? is there any product which can be compatible with Iphone 4?

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