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Adidas unveils smartwatches that monitor your heart
Agencies
london, October 18, 2013
First Published: 23:41 IST(18/10/2013)
Last Updated: 02:18 IST(19/10/2013)

Adidas has unveiled its range of smartwatches at $399 (Rs 24,459), inclusive of a heart monitor that tracks the wearer’s pulse to create training programmes, following rival Nike’s update to its own activity tracker band. Nike’s Fuelband SE is priced at $149 (Rs 9,134).

The Micoach Smart Run watch also includes a GPS location chip to maximise the accuracy of its readings, according to a BBC report. It also offers a range of sensors and allows playing MP3 audio files to wireless headphones via Bluetooth. It is likely to hit the stores next month.

While Adidas’ smartwatch offers partner apps for Android, Windows Phone and iOS devices, Nike’s Fuelband only offers its own Fuelband app for the iPhone.

The German company said that athletes could use the watch to create a coaching programme to improve their fitness levels based on their pulse and the watch will then provide feedback via graphics or audio commands to alter their training speed.

The smartwatch has a 1.45-inch display, which is smaller than the screens on Samsung and Sony’s new smartwatches.

The gadget’s battery lasts 14 days if the tracking sensors are switched off, but the period drops down to just four hours when the sensors are switched into training mode.


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