Bluetooth Smart is dramatically shrinking the size and power requirements of sensors able to measure pace, pulse, cadence, distance, and other workout information. Tiny sensors that operate for months with just a coin-cell battery are leading to a new wave of sports and fitness devices that help consumers track their workouts and athletic performance.
No one wants to carry around any more weight or bulky equipment than necessary when exercising or competing. Whether someone is training for the Olympics or just trying to lose a few pounds, smaller is always better when it comes to heart rate straps, cadence sensors, sports watches, and other wireless fitness gear.
More than 60 million sports, fitness and health monitoring devices with
Bluetooth technology are expected to ship between 2010 and 2015."
-- IMS Research
-- IMS Research
The ability of Bluetooth Smart to shrink the size of these and other sports and fitness devices will create great opportunities for manufacturers. Bluetooth Smart is already leading to tiny, low-cost sensors that help doctors monitor the health of their patients.
The same body sensors help consumers monitor their exercise and better understand their workouts and fitness level.
Convenience is also a key factor in the popularity of fitness products, with Bluetooth technology allowing consumers to listen to music with wireless headphones while exercising instead of hassling with cords.
Because Bluetooth Smart sensors are so small, consumers can easily attach them to a shoe, wrist, or chest where they monitor everything from pace and pulse to cadence and distance. They won't get in the way of a workout or athletic performance.
The tiny sensors send information wirelessly to a Bluetooth enabled sports watch or phone for instant feedback while the person is working out or competing.
All of this workout data creates demand for new PC and phone applications to process and analyze a wealth of exercise information. Bluetooth technology sends the workout data wirelessly to any Bluetooth Smart Ready device. From there, consumers process and analyze the information with the latest sports and fitness apps, and securely share results online with personal trainers, friends, or anyone they want.
The many new wireless fitness devices enabled by Bluetooth Smart increases demand for apps able to work with them, whether it's analyzing runs, bike rides, gym workouts, or other types of workouts.
Some of the new wireless exercise devices made possible by Bluetooth technology include:
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