TICKR announced by Wahoo Fitness
Wahoo Fitness is notable for being the first company to deliver heart rate monitoring to smartphones thanks to the Blue HR, and this time around, they might have outdone themselves yet again through a new range of heart rate monitors – namely the TICKR, TICKR Run and TICKR X. This particular TICKR range of heart rate monitors will be able to merge critical heart rate data alongside motion analytics, so that it is capable of measuring both your workout intensity in addition to workout motion. Using Wahoo’s motion based algorithms, it is capable of keeping track of an athlete’s movement, ranging from repetitions to acceleration to running mechanics, all the while offering feedback on improving form. Not only that, each TICKR dual band heart rate monitor will also boast of ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart ultra-low power wireless technologies. In a nutshell, TICKR is more or less future proof, where it will play nice with a slew of devices that range from smartphones to GPS watches, virtually making this the last heart rate strap you will ever need – at least, until it gives up the ghost.
Those who are interested in the TICKR, TICKR Run and TICKR X will be able to pick it up before the first half of this year is over, but unfortunately, no concrete release date has been detailed just yet. The TICKR line itself will start from a highly affordable $60, where should you opt for a more robust model, those could eventually surpass the $100 asking price.
The TICKR will measure your heart rate only, where it sports a dual band heart rate with ANT+ and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capability. As for the TICKR Run, it will feature a treadmill mode which tracks speed and distance while on a treadmill, in addition to the Wahoo Running Smoothness capability which tracks one’s running form and efficiency. Last but not least, there is the TICKR X that can be used with any sport, memory, or post workout synchronization. Relying on motion analytics to measure a variety of motion from repetitions to swim laps to cross-training to cycling, you can workout right there and then before synchronizing the entire shebang later on.