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We were all hoping that Polar would present the V800 replacement at this CES in Las Vegas, but we're going to be left with the feeling. The watch is probably not ready for release, and Polar have preferred to be more cautious and have the most developed device in place for its launch. They will have learned something from past mistakes and the original launch of the V800...
However, that doesn't mean they haven't brought news to Las Vegas, not at all:
- New Polar H10 pulse sensor. But traditional, to be placed on the chest.
- Connectivity between Polar V800 and Polar M600 with GoPro cameras
- Polar Team Pro Shirt, but it is a professional solution, not for the general public
Let's go through the details of each one of them.
Polar H10 pulse sensor
At Polar they say they've completely changed the heart rate calculation algorithm. I don't know what happened to the old one, because it actually worked perfectly.
It has changed the device itself, which is now smaller and more discreet and seems to be integrated into the band itself, just like Garmin did with its HRM-Run 2 sensor.
For the technology used there are no surprises: Bluetooth Smart and 5kHz analog band, i.e. the same as we found in the H7 sensor and which makes it compatible not only with the latest brand watches, but also with other devices that use Bluetooth Smart (mobile phones, GPS watches, whatever). Even with old gym machines that continue to use the 5kHz band and which also serves for the transmission of heart rate data when swimming (the analog signal has no problem penetrating the water, as is the case with the digital signal from Bluetooth).
There are changes in the electrodes, which are indicated to improve the capture of the heart rate by avoiding interference.
This new sensor will arrive during the first months of 2017 and will be priced at 89.90. Although it will probably be the sensor that we will see in future Polar products (if included in the pack) as I certainly don't see much reason to replace the Polar sensor you are currently using.
Apart from its size plus content, the other feature they advertise is compatibility with GoPro HERO4 and GoPro HERO5.
Pulse data in GoPro and compatibility with Polar V800 and Polar M600
As well as has happened with SuuntoAt Polar, they're bringing us back news they've already reportedThe GoPro is also a great choice for integration between your watches and GoPro Bluetooth cameras (HERO4 and HERO5).
The result of this collaboration is the ability to add data to the recordings or control the camera from the clock. This is Polar and GoPro's response to Garmin's integration with their VIRB cameras.
In addition to the ability to include speed or accelerometer data that GoPro already has thanks to its latest updates, there is now a new option to display heart rate data thanks to support for the Polar H10 sensor. This data will be recorded directly to the video file, so no post-production work is required.
In addition, both the V800 and the M600 will allow basic camera operations such as
- Control the camera (start or pause a recording or take a picture)
- Check that the camera is in recording mode
- View the remaining battery
Dates... Polar indicates that the compatibility between the V800 and GoPro HERO4 will arrive this month. Meanwhile the compatibility with the HERO5 range and with the Polar M600 will arrive during the first months of 2017. That's because the possibility of connecting the new H10 sensor with either of the two cameras is also announced during the first quarter of 2017. That is more or less the estimated time for its arrival to the market.
Polar Team Pro Shirt
This is the only new product that Polar has brought to CES. Unfortunately it will not be available to any mortal, but it is a technological solution developed for sports teams as it will be sold as a set with the Polar Team Pro system and will not be sold independently.
What is it? Well, Polar has gone into the clothing business.
Polar Team Pro Shirt is a T-shirt that integrates pulse monitoring and GPS into the clothing itself, allowing the sending of data from several individuals to a device that will be controlled, generally, by the coach or fitness trainer of a team.
Something similar to the vests you see on some football players during training, but much less flashy.
And this is as far as the news from Polar in this CES 2017.
And with that... thanks for reading!