5th January 2017 marks the release of a new chest strap HRM from the company many have associated with heart rate measurement. Meet the Polar H10.
Polar H10 features:
- Bluetooth Low Energy
- 5 kHz transmission frequency
- Waterproof 30 m, suitable for swimming
- Built-in memory with Polar Beat for one training session
- User replaceable battery coin cell CR2025 battery
- Compatible with dozens of leading fitness apps, including Polar Beat
- Compatible with old and new Polar products (that use either BLE or 5kHz)
- Compatible with indoor gym equipment and Polar Club and Polar Team solutions
The key features are the built-in memory with Polar Beat which I’m speculating allows the user to work out first and post-sync with the Polar Beat app for non GPS required activities or swimming. Kind of like Garmin’s HRM-Swim and HRM-Tri. The new H10 will also ship with a new chest strap that includes extra interference-preventing electrodes to ensure heart rate is captured accurately and without interference.
The connectivity with compatible GoPro action cams further allow users to overlay their HR data over recorded video, again similar to what Garmin has done with their ANT+ enabled HRMs and VIRB action cams.
“Adding heart rate data over action videos not only enhances the Polar experience for adventurers, but also enables them to truly showcase and relive their athletic accomplishments”, says Marco Suvilaakso, Chief Strategy Officer at Polar.
Polar’s H7 has been a trusted device of mine which I regularly use as the benchmark to compare optical HR devices against. I’m unsure if the H10 can get much more accurate than the H7 but it definitely elevates the device to more than a chest strap HR sensor with the inclusion of built in memory for Polar Beat, 5Khz transmission and compatibiity with GoPro actioncams.
The Polar H10 heart rate sensor will be available in the first quarter of 2017 at the RRP of $89.90.