I got a quick peak at a new standalone optical heart rate sensor called the Polar OH1 just today. The original website is a German based online store and I was able to Google translate the details of this new product. Unfortunately details were quickly taken down and I’m writing from memory based on what I read. Subsequently I did find details of the Polar OH1 on a few other sites. Pictures were taken from GPS Rumours.
Polar OH1 Heart Rate Monitor
- Wrist based HR measurements
- 6 LED OHR
- On Board storage for 150-200 hours of training
- Bluetooth enabled
- Android and iOS compatible
- Broadcasts to compatible Bluetooth enabled gym machines
- Water proof to 30m
- Battey life of 12 hours
The HR measurements are recorded on device, implying stored memory of sorts just like the Polar H10. The move towards wrist based HR monitoring is to cater to triathletes who aren’t keen on chest strap HR monitors.
The Polar OH1 is Bluetooth enabled and will sync and record data to compatible iOS and Android devices. Based on what I saw, the disc shaped device resembles the Moov HR activity tracker in appearance.
Also, this wearable will transmit HR readings to compatible Bluetooth enabled gym machines. Now because it’s Bluetooth Smart, only a single connection can be maintained; either to mobile device or to gym machines.
The OH1 charges via a port with a USB extension which can be plugged directly to computer USB ports for charging and syncing.
As for pricing and release date, I didn’t recall seeing any of that.