Shapeheart Armband: the magnetic phone case heart rate monitor


crowdfunding-picLets face it, the wrist is probably not the best place to stick a heart rate sensor.

The current trend may be to move heart-rate monitoring away from the chest but accuracy at these new locations is still questionable. Particularly for high intensity workouts. If you are very serious about heart rate training, a chest rate heart rate monitor is still the way to go. If, however, you like to exercise with your smartphone, now you have a third option.

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Shapeheart is a heart rate monitoring armband made of a magnetic phone case that allows you to easily check your apps and gauge your performance while running. After a year of testing, the company has now turned to Kickstarter to raise funds for manufacturing.

Most people who exercise will tell you they want to lose weight or simply get fitter. Not many people, however, know what their heart rate is, or where it really should be. This means that often, they are not training in the most efficient way to achieve their goals. Heart rate zone training allows you to reach your top potential in the shortest amount of time possible.

The heart rate sensor is positioned inside the black or red silicon part of the armband and pairs with your phone via Bluetooth. The sensor is designed measure your pulse on the meaty upper part of your arm. It doesn’t come with its own native app, but you can use it with any running app to check your pace, distance, and heart rate at a glance.

The phone case comes in three sizes to fit all size phones. To attach your phone simply press it against the band and the magnets will secure it in place. Its just as easy to snap it off. The sensor lasts 25 hours on one charge and is removable.


Price: €69 and up

Funding open:
€25,792 pledged of €35,000 goal
43 days to go

Estimated delivery: November 2017

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