SmHeart Link turns iPhone into health tracker

A new SmHeart Link device picks data from workout equipment heart rate sensor and sends it to your iPhone via Wi-Fi for keeping tab of your training.

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Looks like that iPhone or iPod Touch you bring to the gym can do more for your fitness than just make your workout more pleasurable.

iTMP Technology, an iPhone hardware and software developer, announced Friday its launch of SmHeart Link, a new device developed to bring health and fitness tracking capabilities to iPhone and iPod Touch users.

Basically, SmHeart Link is a wireless bridge that collects data from distributed health and fitness sensors such as those found in workout machines and sends it to the iPhone via Wi-Fi. Users then can make use of the data via an iPhone application called iRPM+

The SmHeart Link works with a long list of heart monitor chest straps, including those found in equipments made by Polar, Garmin, Nike, Reebok, Timex Ironman, New Balance, and Numetrex. It's also compatible with biking sensors to track speed, cadence, and power (watts).

While this sounds redundant as most workout machines already have displays that show you this information during a workout, the iRPM+ app allows for uploading your completed workouts to eNewLeaf or MapMyFitness to track your training progress.

The application is now available at the App Store for free. The SmHeart Link device, however, costs $155.

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