This tremendous innovation is notable for a few reasons, but here are a couple that stand out:
1.) This product was a smashing success on Kickstarter, and a pretty rare case of an innovative piece of complex hardware that was crowdfunded and actually brought to market in a rapid fashion.
2.) For years, the fitness tech industry has been graced by sightings of the sasquatch – that is, the elusive pursuit of heart rate monitoring off-the-chest. Often talked about, scarcely seen, and never fully developed. Finally MIO succeeded in launching a quality, comfortable watch, and that’s impressive!
But the best part? The watch works perfectly with the new versions of the MapMyFitness iOS apps (MapMyRun, MapMyRide, MapMyWalk, MapMyFitness). With our MVP membership you can set up heart rate targets throughout your workout and get audio alerts to keep you in your desired zone.
Afterwards, you can check out time-series graphs of your heart rate, including zone analysis on the web.
At $199, the Alpha is at the upper end of the price range for heart rate sensors, but this reflects the level of innovation and quality of the device.
If you’re new to heart rate training or want to get a screamin’ deal on a great heart rate product, with our new 1 year MVP membership (packed with awesome features on web AND mobile!) included, head on over and pick up one of our MVP device bundles at just $59.99.
2013 looks to be a big year for innovation in fitness sensors, tracking devices, bands and more – at MapMyFitness we’ll continue to do our best to support all of them!