Heart Rate Monitoring

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Vundu, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. Vundu macrumors 65816

    Vundu

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    Do we know if you can set it to constantly record your heart rate say like when going for a run or does it only do it when you manually request it as a one off?

    Obviously it would effect battery life but would like a record of my heart rate all the way through a run or bike ride.
     
  2. cmChimera macrumors 68040

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    It constantly monitors your heart rate while working out. If it didn't, it's workout summaries would be less accurate.
     
  3. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    I haven't read any explicit information on how the HRM will monitor -- if it will be constant or, like many other bands, take an average. Hopefully, the former because the latter is useless for anything other than sitting at a desk or walking to the water cooler.

    Also unknown is the HRM's accuracy compared to a chest strap. I'm a bit worried about this because I would think Apple would be crowing if it matched a chest strap. That would be quite an accomplishment. Anxious to find out in a month.
     
  4. Vundu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Excellent cheers guys. Hopefully we will all be surprised how well and accurate it works.

    Hopefully apps like Strava can request it to constantly monitor and not just the stock workout app.
     
  5. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Sure, but don't you have to tell it you're doing a workout?

    Apple's info so far is vague about this part, but to get decent battery life, it seems unlikely that it'll continuously monitor the HR.

    Or, perhaps they could watch the accelerometer for extensive motion and use that as a HRM trigger.
     
  6. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    I think it works like this. Before you started the run or the bike ride you set the Workout app accordingly and the HR will start into gear. It might be able to know automatically from your speed and start the Workout app itself but I'm not so sure.
     
  7. cmChimera macrumors 68040

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    Yes. Your Apple watch will track your workout when you tell it to.
     
  8. Julien macrumors G3

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    Please don't dig up old outdated irrelevant threads and quote them.
     

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