Australia has produced the world’s first bio-sensing sports earphones which are sensitive enough to detect minute heart-rate variations whether you’re an elite athlete or someone looking to improve their health.
The BioConnected HR+ can measure heart rate variability for all types of users including athletes, people with specific heart and health challenges and social runners.
The device can deliver information including speed, pace, distance, energy expenditure, cadence as well as heart rate biometrics.
And, of course, it can also deliver high-quality audio.
The BioConnected HR+ was developed by Australian sports psychologist Dr Sven Rees with a team of scientists, engineers and designers who have been working on the product for the last three years.
The device will be released this week with the objective of creating a new standard for gathering vital health and fitness data while we’re exercising.
“Seventy-five percent of people exercise listening to music and audio streaming or are connected to their telephone through headphones,” Dr Rees said.
“Music in particular provides great motivation.
“HR+ has refined all audio features expected by exercisers and inserted real-time monitoring which can give the athlete instantaneous voice feedback.
“It’s like having a running coach in your ear.”
Monitoring heart rate variability through a user’s ears with a wireless exercise earphones will increase the accuracy of training and performance assessment.
The BioConnected HR+ can help recreational athletes reach their fitness goals while providing accurate information for athletes to stay in the zone to improve fitness, efficiency or achieve fat burning.
Dr Rees, who has worked at the Sydney Academy of Sport and the New South Wales Institute of Sport, has brought his extensive experience in sports science and exercise physiology to the product.
“An all-in-one training solution incorporating bio-sensing earpieces is a ground-breaking innovation,” Dr. Rees said.
“The earphones are intended to provide better response and greater comfort than those which are attached as a strap to the chest or worn as a wrist band.”
Feedback from the earphones can be customised so the user is receiving a virtual running commentary which can describe distance or time waypoints and whether they are above or below pace targets.
Users can also receive instant voice feedback by pressing the centre button so they can always be aware of their progress.
BioConnected HR+ weighs just 17g – much lighter than other units on the market – and it can be worn comfortably thanks to the nine combinations of ear gels and shark fin stabilisers which can hold them securely in place.
On the audio site, engineers have created a unique acoustic profile by using a larger 8.6mm audio driver so it can deliver solid bass.
BioConnected HR+ are available now from www.bioconnected.com and selected sport stores and are priced at $299.