Ant+ Capable?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bunger, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. bunger macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2007
    I would like to record my heartrate ( while biking, etc ) on my iPhone 4. I was originally under the impression that I need to purchase an adapter to enable this option ( along with a heartrate sensor ), but was told today that the iPhone 4 natively supports Ant+. That would imply I just need an Ant+-ready app and a sensor to wear.

    Unfortunately, I can't find confirmation of this anywhere.

    Does anyone know for certain?

  2. bunger thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2007
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    The only native support built into iOS for external sensors is for Nike+iPod. Never heard of Ant+ before today...
  4. stofferdk macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2007
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    would be really interesting to know! As far as I know the Nike+ utilizes ANT+ dosn't it?

    I rely heavily on ANT+ for all my sports/health equipment from Garmin etc. While a possible ANT+ chip in the iphone 4 might be locked to Nike, to possibilities with cydia could be awesome
  5. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    According to a quick search, all Ant+ apps require an adapter. If the iPhone has it then it's either locked to Nike+ or the API's are public.
  6. bunger thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2007
    I will have to ask him again then, because my finding was the same - there was/is no native Ant+ support. Though he insists he uses his polar HRM with his iPhone4 and without an adapter...
  7. Torresangel88 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
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    Instant heart rate app
  8. sgdnfan macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2011
    Wahoo fitness

    Unfortunately it does not.

    I had to buy an external ANT+ sensor that plugs into the iPhone dock. This is the one I bought (which is a kit, but you can buy the sensor separately):

    I've had it for a couple of weeks and it seems to work pretty well. I'm using it with RunKeeper Pro, and also using JayBird bluetooth headphones for my runs. I also bought the Wahoo fitness armband. It holds both the phone and the sensor without any issues.

    The only thing I wish RunKeeper had was audio notifications for the BPM of your heart rate. Otherwise, it is pretty cool seeing your heart rate while you work out.

    Hopefully this helps.

  9. Sherifftruman macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    I recently changed over to Runkeeper from the Nike+GPS app because Nike sucks and kept taking features away (current pace is the main one causing me issues) and they have no earthly idea how to create a website.

    I use the SB2s from Jaybird and saw the heart rate monitor info in Runkeeper. I have looked into the exact setup you are using and just wanted any info you have about how well it works. I assume it is fully integrated and you can see your heart rate listed by the place in your run for later review? THe descriptions at Wahoo don;t say much about how to set it up. I assume its "just works"?
  10. Boen macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2009
    So it doesn't give you audio info? That's kinda dumb.
  11. sgdnfan macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2011
    Sorry just saw this now...

    You are correct -- the heartrate data is stored at Runkeeper and you can check it out after your run (it is overlaid on the graph of your run). Kinda cool... gives you your average HR at the end.

    Kinda bumed out about the lack of audio cues for heart rate... would love it if when you touch the iPhone you heard your heart rate in addition to your average pace, time, etc.

  12. brdwygurl macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    I use Runmeter. I chose it over runkeeper because it allows me to export my data. I don't currently have an ANT+ monitor but I am thinking about getting one. The last update from Runmeter says:

    6.0 adds support for the Wahoo Fitness ANT+ system (purchased separately), allowing heart rate monitors and speed/cadence cycling sensors to be employed for performance measurement and feedback. Unlike other apps that only record sensor data for later analysis, our app provides a deep implementation and real-time feedback. For example, calories are calculated using heart rate and VO2Max data. Cycling distance, speed, and stop detection are calculated using sensor data. Target announcements can be set based on this information."

    So it sounds like you will be able to get target announcements based on HR. I hope so :)

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