SMHeart Link turns iPhone and iPod into heart rate monitor
iTMP Technology, Inc. is one of the pioneers where the iPhone hardware and software developer scene is concerned, and the company has just rolled out its SMHEART LINK technology that is touted to offer unparalleled health and fitness capabilities to both the Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners. This technology turns your iPhone from a communications device to one that can actually monitor your heart rate as well as track your fitness levels. It does so by listening to your heart (something it does better than what guys do, eh ladies?). Not only that, SMHEART LINK works not only with the iPhone and iPod touch, but it will also function with a range of other smartphones, PCs or other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
What does the SMHEART LINK do actually? It functions as a wireless bridge that collects data from distributed health and fitness sensors including heart rate monitors and cycling sensors, sending these information over to the iPhone via Wi-Fi. iTMP’s suite of iPhone fitness apps will then get to work on the data received, letting users track their fitness data on the iPhone’s display in a user interface that is so simple to use, it puts other fitness tracking devices to shame where ease-of-use is concerned. In addition, SMHEART LINK is compatible with an ever expanding list of heart monitor chest straps which include those from fitness leaders such as Polar, Garmin, Nike, Reebok, Timex Ironman, New Balance and Numetrex. You can also use it with biking sensors to track speed, cadence and power (watts) during your workout.
Once your workout is complete, you upload your data to the Internet and it will then churn out an analysis of the results for you. Currently, there are three iPhone fitness applications over the App Store, and they are iRPM+, iSPINNING and iNewLeaf. Interested parties can pick up the SMHEART LINK for $154.95 a pop.