Having just produced some speculation about the Polar A360 smart activity tracker/sports watch I’m pleased to say that it’s official.
Here are the specs from the Press Release that you can pre-order at approx. GBP150:
Polar A360 Fitness tracker with wrist-based heart rate
This waterproof fitness tracker is the first to have both a wrist-based heart rate monitor and Polar personalized training guidance, as well 24/7 activity tracking. It even has smartwatch features like smart notifications and a color touchscreen.
Wrist-based heart rate training
Makes heart-rate based training more convenient than ever, just tighten the band and you’re ready to train. Exercise at the right training intensity and get guidance how to reach your fitness goals.
24/7 activity tracking
Track your activity 24/7 and get practical support to help you achieve your individual daily activity goal.
Vibrating smart notifications
Stay up to date with phone notifications on your wrist, so you know if and when you need to stop. (iOS only, Android coming by the end of November 2015)
Steps and distance
Tracks your steps and uses that data to calculate what distance you’ve travelled.
Find out exactly how many calories you’ve burned. The calories you burn are calculated by combining your personal data (weight, height, age, and gender) and your daily activity and heart rate based training.
Automatically tracks your sleep time and quality. Check and learn more about your sleeping patterns in the Polar Flow app and web service.
Shows how active you’ve been during the day so far, and offers practical guidance like “walk for 50 minutes or jog for 20 minutes” you can choose how to reach your daily activity goal. Meet your goal faster with more intense activities, or spread your activity throughout the day and work up to your target at a pace that suits you.
Rewards you by giving you daily, weekly and monthly feedback explaining how your activities have been benefiting your health. You can check up on how you’re doing either from the Polar Flow app or by using the Flow web service.
Calculates the number of calories burned based on your individual data: your weight, height, age, gender, and the intensity of your activity. When you use wrist-based heart rate monitoring during your training sessions, the calorie calculation is the most accurate. The sport you are doing is also taken into account, giving you specific, accurate results.
Heart rate based training
Shows your current heart rate and what heart rate zone you’re in, enabling you adjust what you’re doing to train at the right intensity level for your goal. You can set your own targets or favorites to aim for, and get guidance on how to keep the right intensity to get the benefits you want to achieve.
Helps you to understand how each training session benefits your fitness, and gives you feedback immediately after exercising. The Training Benefit feature advises you on how you can make your training more varied by altering your training intensity and duration.
Polar provides over a hundred different sport profiles which enable you to choose the right one for your training sessions, and get sport-specific reports and feedback. All sport profiles are based on specific logic and give you the most accurate data, for example, about burned calories. Manage your sport profiles in the Flow web service.
|Weight||31.7g (S), 33.7g (M), 37.3g (L)|
|Wristband thickness||13.5 mm|
|Wristband width||23.5 mm|
Wide-viewing angle full color TFT display with capacitive touchscreen
|Screen resolution||80 x 160 pixels (RGB)|
|Screen size||13mm x 27mm|
Polar proprietary optical heart rate module (2 green LEDs, 1 photodiode, analog front-end)
Rechargeable 100 mAh battery
Battery life up to 2 weeks with 24/7 activity tracking, including 1 hour of training per day (without smart notifications in use)
Easy wireless sync via Bluetooth® Smart with the Polar Flow app
Micro USB connector for charging and data sync with PC or Mac via Polar FlowSync
* Computer running Mac OS X10.6 or later and Windows XP, 7, 8, 10
* Mobile phones running iOS7 or later and Android 4.3 or later
* H7 heart rate sensor * Apple Health Kit, Google Fit, MyFitnessPal (iOS users) and MapMyFitness * All compatible phones available here
Edit: Future plans from Polar include making the A360 a wrist based broadcaster of HR data via Bluetooth. they will also increase the accuracy of the A360 for hi-intensity exercise in 2016.
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Polar Introduces Wrist-Based Heart Rate Monitor to Product Line with Polar A360 Fitness Tracker
Polar brings leading heart rate accuracy to their first 24/7 fitness tracker featuring optical heart rate and color touchscreen display
Polar, the leader in heart rate sensors, activity trackers, and wearable sports technology, is taking its fitness trackers to the next level by introducing the colourful Polar A360 with wrist-based heart rate monitoring. Polar A360 features industry-leading heart rate measurement-based training guidance, in addition to 24/7 activity tracking, and all this information is displayed on a high-resolution colour touchscreen. The A360 is water-resistant and tracks daily activity, steps, calories, workouts, and sleep.
Designed to encompass a 360-degree lifestyle and encourage activity, Polar A360 vibrates to inform users of incoming calls, messages, calendar alerts, and social media notifications, and also to provide gentle reminders when they have been sitting still for too long. The A360 is not only stylish, but also comfortable with small, medium, and large sizes available for the perfect fit. Users can match their personal style with interchangeable and vibrantly coloured, soft silicone wristbands, which will be available in Powder White, Charcoal Black, Neon Green, Sorbet Pink and Navy Blue for individual purchase. Fully charged, the A360 will track for two weeks with 24/7 activity tracking, including one hour of training per day. It also works with Polar’s H7 heart rate monitor in case users prefer to train with a chest strap. The A360 will be available in November 2015 for £154.50.
“The key to achieving Polar’s well-known accuracy relies on how data is recorded by the sensor, and then how it is interpreted. We developed our own algorithm for optical heart rate monitoring and optimized the hardware design to ensure the A360 meets the same accuracy and quality standards that Polar customers have come to expect,” says Marco Suvilaakso, Global Product Director at Polar. “Polar created the first heart rate monitor, and 38 years later we continue to be the trusted industry standard.”
The latest wearable from Polar goes beyond daily activity tracking to also provide personalized training guidance and motivation to help users meet their fitness goals. The A360 offers the company’s unique Smart Coaching features such as Activity Guide and Activity Benefit, which provide practical daily activity target suggestions and explain how activities affect the user’s health.
Daily activity and heart rate training details can be viewed on the Polar Flow mobile app (available for iOS and Android), which offers an in-depth analysis of daily, weekly, and monthly activity. The Polar Flow web service also offers a window into a person’s fitness and training diary. If training with a coach or personal trainer, Polar Flow for Coach offers additional training support, as users can connect and share workout information via the web service and receive feedback from their coaches. The A360 also works with Polar Club, allowing users to train with club instructors and view live heart rate data during fitness classes.
The Polar A360 will be available in Charcoal Black (size: M, L) and Powder White (size: S) in November in retail stores and online globally for £154.50. Additional colours such as Sorbet Pink (S, M) and Navy Blue (M) will be available soon after launch. Changeable wristbands in Powder White, Charcoal Black, Sorbet Pink, Navy Blue and Neon Green will be available in a variety of sizes and sold separately early next year.
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