The Nordic µBlue nRF8001 chip will be at the heart of this Bluetooth low energy heart rate monitor belt, where it is touted to be the first of its kind in the world, although we are not too sure just how valid that claim is. Being ready to go into volume production, this product ought to allow anyone with a smartphone that is equipped with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 version (now such a phone isn’t going to be too easy to find), where it will then “talk” to the wireless heart-rate (HR) belt within seconds. This might just spur the development of a whole new range of Bluetooth low energy-based health and fitness apps that might include new methods of collecting, interpreting and displaying HR training data, and among these include motivational social media-based data and progress sharing.
The Dayton Bluetooth low energy heart-rate belt is touted to run for up to 1.5 years using nothing but a simple CR2032 coin cell under standard usage conditions (where we are looking at an hour each day), while boasting an extremely slim and compact plastic sensor housing which will support a soft fabric finished belt – all of it will tip the scales at less than 50 grams, which makes it lighter than a couple of AA batteries. [Press Release]