Companies continue to find innovative ways to measure your heart rate and ditch the annoying chest strap for good. The latest solution looks to your ear—the new Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds not only feature a built-in heart rate monitor, but also deliver stereo quality sound to your workouts.
Measuring your heart rate from your ear is nothing new. A few years ago, Finis came out with a swim based solution where a clip attached to your ear lobe featured an infrared sensor that detected your heart beat by measuring your capillary activity. The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless uses light to detect the pulse in your ear where the skin is very thin. This biometric data is then fed wirelessly to your smartphone. Jabra commissioned Campbell University in North Carolina to independently verify the performance of their heart rate monitor technology, with results showing an accuracy of 99.2% compared to an ECG.
Add to heart rate the immersive Dolby Digital sound and real-time voice coaching, and the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds make for a great workout companion. Using the accompanying Jabra Sport Life app, you can plan, track and evaluate each workout, test fitness levels and aerobic capacity, adjust heart rate zone levels to optimize training, and set goals based on distance, time or calories burned. Personalized audio coaching provides feedback during your workout on how you are performing based on your goals.
Encased in carbon fiber, the earbuds are built to take a pounding and are sweat- and storm-proof. Jabra’s Ergonomic Audio Response Science technology ensures you get a secure and comfortable fit.
The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds will retail for $199 at Best Buy beginning late September. You can pre-order your earbuds now from the company website.