As good as having speed and elevation change is useful for training, adding cardio and other measure, like cadence and power, would bring you to pro level training.
Well, we are getting reeealllly close. I gave a talk a few months back on the iphone and talked about SMHeart Link as an example of the value of integrating other then just GPS data into outdoor workouts. Well, at MacWorld, I saw a display for this product and was informed that this was coming ’soon’. Could not pin the ‘boother’ on soon, but no matter, I watched it working so I would guess a quarter, or summer at latest.
Now if you cannot already figure out from the graphic what this does, it basically takes other sensor info, heart rate, cadence, etc.. and adds its to the GPS data from the iphone. With all that data being stored on the iphone and uploaded to a website, you can take your workouts to the pro level. Yup, you finally have a reason to really dig into the livestrong calorie tracker app for the iphone.
Here is the latest press release…
New SMHEART LINK Technology Allows iPhones To Double As Fitness Monitors
iTMP Technology Teaming With Fitness Leaders For Unprecedented Suite Of
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - iTMP Technology, a pioneering
smartphone hardware and software developer, has introduced SMHEART LINK, a
highly-anticipated new technology that is poised to bring unparalleled
health and fitness capabilities to Apple® iPhone and iPod® touch users.
SMHEART LINK is a wireless bridge that enables any iPhone or iPod touch to
double as a heart monitor and cycling computer, collecting data generated by
distributed fitness sensors such as heart rate chest straps and cycling
sensors on bikes and sending it to the iPhone for easy display and tracking.
In the past two months iTMP has unveiled three demo iPhone fitness
applications that currently run in simulation. Their pending upgrades, which
will be demonstrated live at Macworld and coming soon to the iPhone App
Store, will be the only apps, among hundreds of other iPhone health and
fitness apps, that actually listen to a person’s heart to track and display
their unique vital fitness metrics:
* iSPINNING is a cardio fitness system and cycling computer that enables
Spinning® enthusiasts around the world to track and record
their cardio exercise anywhere. Whether riding on a Spinner® bike, road or
mountain bike, iSPINNING workouts can also be uploaded to eNewLeaf to add
key cardio training and cycling metrics to your online fitness diary.
* iNewLeaf is a cardio fitness system and cycling computer that allows you
to incorporate unique metabolic profile data from New Leaf to more precisely
track and monitor the right intensity for “real results.” Upload your
completed workouts to eNewLeaf to add key cardio training and cycling
metrics to your online fitness diary.
* iRPM+ is a cardio fitness system and cycling computer that allows you to
track any cardio exercise, anywhere. Upload your completed workouts to
eNewLeaf or MapMyFitness to add key cardio training and cycling metrics to
your online fitness diary.
The apps are available now, and free for a limited time, on the iPhone App
Store. Once downloaded, users can take the apps for a test drive with
simulated heart rate data to understand how they monitor and manage cardio
fitness. The apps being demonstrated at Macworld Expo will be available in a
soon to be released version 2.0 upgrade on the iPhone App Store in the
“We wanted to make the fitness metric tracking experience cool, fun, simple
and custom,” says iTMP CEO & Founder Michael Williams, “we’ve done just
that. By leveraging the iPhone’s technology and partnering with leaders in
the industry, we are raising the bar in the fitness metrics monitoring
SMHEART LINK will be available for purchase at www.SMHEARTLINK.com in the
coming days. Until then, users can register for an alert that will notify
them when the product is ready to ship. At that time, users will be able to
purchase SMHEART LINK by tapping a button that takes them to an online store
without ever leaving the app. SMHEART LINK will initially be bundled with
SMHEART Sleeve, a flexible, lightweight case that integrates with the heart
monitor chest strap, and will be included for an introductory period at 50%
off. The bundle will cost $154.95 before taxes and shipping.