In our first exposé of Amazing iPhone Gadgets™, we brought you the HMB-TEC Universal IR Remote Control Power Plug.
In our second act, we present the:
HMB-TEC EGC Heart Rate Monitor for iPhone.
from HMB-TEC: Heart rate monitor and training computer for sports and effective fitness. To run this app you need the HMB | TEC ® pulse-receiver and a Polar ®-compatible chest strap (these are almost all standard straps). The pulse receiver plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPad, or iPod touch. You do not need extra batteries.
With this ingenious app, the heart rate monitor is measuring your ECG signal and displays your heart rate in bpm (beats per minute). For visual inspection the display shows a synchronously beating heart and an animated ECG chart.
The app measures the actual, real heartbeat frequency (it is not just a cheap simulation!) that assigns the measured value of a training target zone, which is tailored to your age. At the beginning of your workout program you determine your resting heart rate by pressing a “stethoscope” Button. Based on your age the maximum heart rate (MHR) will be calculated and stored in memory. During your training course your heart rate is measured continuously and compared to the previously measured MHR-value. Depending on the physical strain you will get a feedback on the achieved training target zone (see table).
You may start your training at any time or when reaching a desired target zone. Now just press the “CHECK” button and the software continues to measure your heart rate exactly one minute while comparing your heart rate to your original resting heart rate. On a traffic lights scale of you can track how your pulse will slowly approach that level. After expiry of one minute, you will receive an evaluation reading rated in “%”. Here, a display of 100% means that you have achieved within that minute again resting heart rate.
HMB-TEC of Germany has created an eclectic and eccentric collection of hardware gadgets that plug into the 3.5mm headphone jack of an iPhone, and couple with their apps.
Among the devices they make are a heart monitor, microphone, thermometer, stethoscope, pocket fan, oscilloscope, laser pointer, flashlight, breath controller, all sorts of remote control devices, and much more. German ingenuity and engineering leads the way again. The accessories cost from between $20 to $90 US, excluding shipping. The accompanying apps cost between $1 to $5.
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