After raising triple their goal on a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, Mio Alpha has started shipping the Mio Alpha heart rate watch aimed at runners and cyclists just in time for the spring running season.
The watch has two-button navigation and is simplistic in its features. The watch will tell time and read the heart rate of its users – but that’s it. It uses green LED lights to sense blood volume under the skin and uses algorithms to convert that information into an accurate heart rate reading which is continuously displayed on the watch face.
The watch is simple in its design with a silicone wrist band and basic watch face; and it requires no chest straps or other monitors. Users can review data after a workout including total exercise time, average heart rate, and time in a specified “zone” where the user’s workout was most effective.
For users who want more information post-workout, the Mio Alpha has Bluetooth connectivity and is compatible with all smartphones. According to the company’s website, they are developing their own high performance app, but for now, users can connect the Mio Alpha to apps such as MapMyRun and Endomondo to receive added workout data.
The watch is rechargeable and is priced at $199.99 USD at the time of this writing. Included in the price are the watch and a USB dongle for charging.