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  • Apple Watch Heart Sensor Shows Similar Results to Heart Rate Tracker Mio Alpha


    New reports are claiming that the heart sensor on Appleís recently released Apple Watch is practically on par with a well-known dedicated wrist-worn heart rate tracker called Mio Alpha. Apparently a comparison was done on the two and the results came out fairly similar. A test was done by developer Brad Larson and a graph was provided on both health features from each device. Larson was said to have taken raw data from Appleís HealthKit and results noted that the Alpha had higher peaks. Other than that however, results were practically the same.

    Both devices are said to be using optical sensors, where any light reflections are used to gauge blood flow. When users are in workout mode, the Apple Watch will take a reading every 5 seconds, and when in regular mode, the device will take it every 10 minutes. Apple has definitely been marketing and advertising their smartwatch as a health device as well as a fashion piece. This is so that any athletes or people who like to exercise can find the Apple Watch useful, and those into fashion will see it as being a fashion accessory.

    If you have the device already, how excited are you to have the Apple Watch in stock. Share with us your thoughts in the section below.

    Source: Twitter via Brad Larson
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Watch Heart Sensor Shows Similar Results to Heart Rate Tracker Mio Alpha started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      What does this mean, practically? Are the Mio Alpha trackers good, bad, or in between? Never heard of them myself, but Iím not that big into sports tracking so I just donít know.
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      What does this mean, practically? Are the Mio Alpha trackers good, bad, or in between? Never heard of them myself, but Iím not that big into sports tracking so I just donít know.
      Have a look here on runners world and make up your own mind. Apparently according to the review its pretty accurate compared to chest strap devices.

      Mio Alpha strapless heart rate monitor | Runner's World
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Patent infringement? Or do they simply use the same sensor?
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Patent infringement? Or do they simply use the same sensor?
      Neither...just means Apple got it right with the many months of perfecting their algorithm and sensor tech. Just using the accurate Mio for a comparison.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Good to know if you want to use it for exercise. A quality running dedicated watch can cost $300+. If the Apple watch can do a comparably good job then it’s makes the high cost easier to accept. The Mio Alpha is the best arm/wrist monitor on the market.

      The downside of course is having to bring your phone along, but I like to have my phone with me anyway for emergencies or other issues (twist an ankle or something 5+ miles out from home) I have a nice elastic fabric pouch to put my phone and Id in, and strap around my waist. It’s not noticeable under my shirt and is more comfortable to run with than a chest strap. I don’t really notice either one when running anyway.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      The downside of course is having to bring your phone along, but I like to have my phone with me anyway for emergencies or other issues (twist an ankle or something 5+ miles out from home)
      The most I go is about 100 yards from home. Then again that is probably why I cannot get rid of my beer belly!
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Perceptum View Post
      The most I go is about 100 yards from home. Then again that is probably why I cannot get rid of my beer belly!
      Is that how far the nearest gas station is?

      :-)
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Hey, we all have to start somewhere! 100 yards is further than the majority of people go!

      A few weeks ago I tripped on cracked payment and bit the payment about 2miles from home. I had some bad road rash and had to limp home because I didn't bring my phone to call my wife for a pickup. I'll carry my phone from now on.
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Perceptum View Post
      The most I go is about 100 yards from home. Then again that is probably why I cannot get rid of my beer belly!
      Hahaha. This made me laugh! But you should try running, I run about 30 miles a week, and the rush you get is amazing! You feel so good afterwards! You'll be addicted in no time, and you can drink all the beer you want!
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Is that how far the nearest gas station is?

      :-)
      How did you know???