Adidas unveils smartwatch with built-in heart monitor
London – Adidas has reportedly unveiled its range of smartwatch which is inclusive of a heart monitor that tracks the wearer’s pulse to create training programmes.
The Micoach Smart Run watch also includes a GPS location chip to maximise the accuracy of its readings.
According to the BBC, Adidas’s launch follows rival Nike’s update to its own activity tracker band.
Adidas’s smartwatch is priced at 399 dollars which is twice the price of Nike’s Fuelband SE priced at 149 dollars, however, the Micoach Smart Run offers a wider range of sensors and allows playing MP3 audio files to wireless headphones via Bluetooth.
While Adidas’s smartwatch offers partner apps for Android, Windows Phone and iOS devices, Nike’s Fuelband only offers its own Fuelband app for the iPhone.
The German firm said that athletes could use the watch to create a coaching programme to improve their fitness levels based on their pulse and the watch will then provide feedback via graphics or audio commands to alter their training speed.
The Adidas smartwatch has a 1.45-inch display, which is smaller than the screens on Samsung and Sony’s new smartwatches.
Adidas said that the gadget’s battery lasts 14 days if the tracking sensors are switched off, but the period drops down to just four hours when the sensors are switched into ‘training mode’.
The Adidas Micoach Smart Run watch will be hitting the stores in the next month, the report added.