CardioMapper: First iPhone app to use Bluetooth Smart

By Chris Gullo
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cardiomapperCardioMapper, the first app to use the Bluetooth Smart low-energy spec, is now available in Apple's AppStore and available for iPhone 4S users. The $1.99 app from developer body-PRO is capable of connecting and continously transmitting data from heart rate monitors that feature Bluetooth Smart (previously known as Bluetooth 4.0) support.

For more than 10 years body-PRO has developed mobile health and fitness apps -- first for the Palm OS platform and now for Apple's iOS.

CardioMapper uses the iPhone's GPS to track a user's route while running, hiking, or biking and provides metrics including speed, calories burn, and distance. Using a compatible heart rate monitor, "live pulse data will graph heart beat rhythm to match your heart," according to the developer. The only iPhone that currently supports the new Bluetooth standard is the iPhone 4S, limiting the app's usage to that device only.

The Bluetooth Smart standard includes developer specifications for connected vital sign monitoring devices for wireless health; the first two, a health thermometer profile and heart rate profile, were announced in June by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). A blood pressure monitor profile was later released. An estimated forty million medical devices already feature Bluetooth technology, according to the SIG.

The first company to announce a heart rate monitor featuring Bluetooth Smart was Dayton Industrial this June. Its low energy heart rate chest belt will feature energy efficiency technology that the company claims will enable it to run an average of 1.5 years on a single coin cell. The first production ready Smart-enabled blood pressure monitor was recently announced by IDT International, with a scheduled release date of March 2012, pending FDA and CE Mark clearance for the US and Europe.

In June 2009, MobiHealthNews spoke with Bluetooth SIG’s Executive Director, Mike Foley, about the potential for Bluetooth Low Energy (LE). Foley discussed Bluetooth’s potential in fitness and medical devices, the SIG’s relationship with Continua and discusses other short range wireless technologies.

Read the press release below.

PRESS RELEASE -- Using the latest in dongle-free technologies CardioMapper became the first iOS App approved by Apple for the two newest wireless technologies. CardioMapper is capable of connecting and reading data from both Bluetooth 4.0 (also called Bluetooth Smart) and the SmartHRM WiFi. Download CardioMapper and check out these technologies at CES 2012.

Contrary to popular belief you burn more calories running than walking an equal distance. Now you can use the iPhone GPS to easily determine intensity based calories burned doing distance exercises like biking, running, ice skating, inline skating, walking and cross country skiing.

To help you time High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), CardioMapper also includes an interval coach that can tell you when to increase or decrease your intensity. Time based custom messages allow you to enjoy your favorite iPod music playlists while the interval coach tells you messages at preset times. Perfect for BFL, HIIT and other common intensity based training, it comes with a dozen virtual coach routines but additional routines can be easily added.

Full real time and post exercise analysis including: calories, duration, pace, speed, and of course distance. Full graphing of speed, pace and heart rate so you can review HIIT or other intensity systems. Live GPS accuracy let's you know how accurate the GPS signal is.

Integrated Heart Rate Monitor lets you connect with the newest dongle-free heart rate monitors such as the SmartHRM and Bluetooth Smart 4.0 (BLE). CardioMapper is the first iOS App approved by Apple that supports BLE Heart Rate Monitors. Live pulse data will graph heart beat rhythm to match your heart. You can check out these new Heart Rate Monitors at CES 2012.

Best of all a single tap opens your data in body-PRO so you can compare your cardio against your goals.

With body-PRO, CardioMapper and NutriScanner you will succeed!

Device Requirements:

* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

* Requires iOS 4.2 or later

* 10.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:

CardioMapper 1.0.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category.

For more than 10 years body-PRO has developed some of the most popular mobile health and fitness tools for iPhones and Palm OS devices. body-PRO is also available from the iPhone App store. Copyright (C) 2011 body-PRO. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.