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Polar Beat fitness tracker: train to your heart's content
  1. Johann Windt
  1. Correspondence to Johann Windt, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, 2635 Laurel Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V5Z 1M9; JohannWindt{at}gmail.com

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Name of the mobile application

Polar Beat

Category

Fitness/Training

Platform

Both Android and Apple compatible. Requires iOS 7.0 or later on Apple Devices and Android 4.3 or later on Android Devices.

Cost

Free for the mobile app, although the Polar H6 and H7 sensors cost US$89.

Additionally, there are four upgrades users can purchase for between $2.99 and $3.99.

About the app

Polar Beat is an exercise-tracking application that provides users with detailed tracking of the duration, distance and intensity of their training sessions. Competing in the same market as Strava and Nike+, Polar Beat provides users with another app-based means of tracking and analysing their workouts. Utilising the built in global positioning system and accelerometry of the mobile devices, the app tracks the users’ speed, distance and route travelled. Although users are not obligated to purchase and wear a heart rate (HR) sensor, the app is designed to track real-time heart rate using the Polar H6 or H7 sensors. The integration of HR will come as no surprise to those familiar with Polar's history of HR sensor …

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