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MIO Alpha - The new Strapless HRM

posted Feb 16, 2013, 10:26 AM by GoOut Project   [ updated Feb 17, 2013, 1:33 PM by Italo Balestra ]

MIO Alpha 2013

Is there any heart rate monitor that works without the need to wear a chest strap? 

Yes, it's the new MIO Alpha!

The MIO Alpha is the world’s first strapless, continuous heart rate sports watch that has been tested EKG-accurate even while you are running at performance speeds of up to 20 km/h!

Before Alpha, the most common way to get an accurate heart rate continuously while exercising was to wear a strap around your chest. With Alpha’s innovative technology, the world of heart rate monitoring will be changed forever!

The Alpha has just two buttons and only the most essential features:
  • Continuous heart rate display 
  • User-settable heart rate zones with visual and audible alerts 
  • Data review (total exercise time, average heart rate, time “in zone”) 
  • Timer 
  • Clock 
For other functions such as speed, distance, pace, GPS, etc, you can use your favorite smartphone app. Alpha uses Bluetooth® Smart technology to work with all compatible smartphones and other fitness devices. 

How does Alpha work?

Two light beams and an electro-optical cell “sense” the volume of blood under your skin. The blood volume pulsates with the rhythm of the heart and so does the signal from the electro-optical cell. This signal is processed by an advanced electronics circuit and passed on to a highly specialized computer program that is embedded in the Alpha.

  • Silicone soft strap 
  • Negative dot-matrix LCD 
  • Tri-color led heart rate zones 
  • Secure Snap Latching system 
  • USB charging dock with magnetic alignment 
  • Bluetooth® Smart wireless transmitter
  • Rechargeable lithium polymer battery