The wearable wagon seems to be unstoppable and its next stop happens to be the hats. LifeBEAM smart hat tracks and monitors your fitness goals and transmits the data to the wrist band, smartphone app or smartwatch. Initially the concept was devised for astronauts and pilots to track their stats however; the OEM has now decided to extend this connected wearable to the masses for the “greater good.” The fitness activities tracked by the LifeBEAM hat are TRX training, running, hiking and playing. It measures the activities in terms of heart rate, steps taken and calories burnt. It is to be noted that the LifeBEAM smart hat doesn’t measure the speed or distance but the rhythm or cadence. You can use the apps like Strava, Wahoo, Sporttracker live and MapMyRun to measure the cadence.
While most of the watches, wristbands, smart clothing and earbuds are measuring heart rate with or without a chest strap, the LifeBEAM scores brownie points in one aspect that it is very casual in its approach. At the onset, it looks like just any other cap that you would wear while going out for running or jogging. It is very unlike any other wearable that would attract attention or need to be sported separately.
The smart hat is compatible with various fitness apps like Runtastic, ENDOMONDO and MapMyRun. It also supports devices like SUUNTO, cycling computer and Garmin via ANT+ and Bluetooth. Its dri-fit design ensures sweat-resistant running and all-weather compatibility. Remove the battery from the sides and you can hand wash it. The Velcro strap is one size fits all. Equipped with heart rate sensor and 3-axis accelerometer, it is powered by 100mAh battery that can last for about 17 hours on a single charge.
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The smart LifeBEAM heart was introduced at MWC-2015. It is available internationally (excluding the import duties, charges and taxes) at the special price of US $89. Though, the retail price indicated on the website is $99. A carry-on carbon casing for safe and easy handling of the hat when you are in transition is also up-for-grabs if you order the LifeBEAM smart hat now.