Have you been searching for a proper wearable device that monitors your heart while you work out? Wearable devices are becoming one of the most in-demand tech devices lately, and ones that monitor our health are increasing just as much. But many of those devices are still a bit obtrusive for some people. That’s because some heart monitors have to be used with a chest strap, which many women find uncomfortable when working out.
Then there’s also ones that you have to wear on your wrist that can get in the way if you’re running marathons or riding a bike. These are usually the most common ways lately to monitor heart rates. However, one company may soon take the wearable heart monitor to a more convenient place. And that literal place is your head.
The Smart Helmet
Despite the generic name, the Smart Helmet may change the game in wearable devices that track our health stats. It’s actually called the Smart Cycling Helmet to give a more specific use over running or walking. Regardless, because cycling is so fast-paced, other methods are simply becoming too burdensome by either fitting too tight or not tight enough.
This helmet promises to read your pulse through optical sensors. It gently picks up your heart rate from your forehead and sends the information to a processing unit located in the back of the helmet. Because it’s wireless, that information is then sent to any device or app you want.
The above is all done in real time so you can monitor your heart rate per minute while in the process of cycling. Even if a helmet sounds obtrusive on its own, the Smart Helmet company assures that it’s not. They give stats showing it only weighs 40 grams, which means it won’t feel like a weight on your head.
It’s also weather resistant so you don’t have to worry about a massive rainstorm short-circuiting your tracking system. That’s already a step forward in Smart Helmet perhaps changing how tracking devices work in the future.
The Head as the Center of Wearable Devices
It seems more and more tech companies are coming to the realization that the head is the most convenient place for wearable devices. Will all wearable health-tracking devices eventually be designed as headgear? Because clothing and movement can obstruct (and perhaps even damage) wearable devices on other parts of the body, having it in helmet form may be the answer for the future.
That will likely change once tracking devices get to the point where they’re so small, they can be put on like a patch or bandage. With some early prototypes already being designed this way, we’ll likely be there soon.
In the meantime, because the head is the ground central control of our bodies, it’s likely going to keep getting the focus as much as Google Glass has.
As of this writing, a Smart Helmet can be purchased for $249 in both medium and large head sizes. It also has a generous 60-day return policy so you have plenty of time to decide its usefulness.