These types of monitors just don't do the job that a heart rate monitor was intended to do which means continuous heart rate and zone training.
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Bozeman, MT (PRWEB) May 07, 2012
The strapless heart rate monitor watch is less reliable than strapped versions according to the Heart Rate Watch Company. This has to do with the fact that the the amount of electrical current in the fingertips is far less than the electrical current coming from the chest. The further you get away from the body's source of electrical energy, which is the heart, the lower the level of electrical impulse.
This is the reason every major Human Performance Lab uses strapped heart rate monitors or diodes, it is the reliability and accuracy of the transmission that matter.
Customer dissatisfaction and returns are significantly higher with strapless heart rate monitor units according to the Heart Rate Watch Company. "We made the decision to discontinue strapless monitors due to reliability and the high rate of returns" says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He adds, "These types of monitors just don't do the job that a heart rate monitor was intended to do which means continuous heart rate and zone training."
Most all strapless heart rate monitors require the necessity of touching sensors. This has two major drawbacks: 1.) for those involved in an active sport it distracts the attention, and 2.) since you can't keep your fingers on the sensor perpetually there is no ability to have continuous heart rate and, thus, to zone train. This is the whole reason to have a heart rate monitor in the first place.
Several attempts have been made at coming up with solutions to the strapless heart rate monitor watch. Motorola with their MotoActv product was going to try ear buds that got heart rate from your ear. The main problem with this approach is that it cuts off the users ability to hear environmental noises, like traffic, which is not such a great idea when running or cycling.
Other companies have tried forearm bands which are almost more of a nuisance to wear than today's newer flexible fabric chest straps made by companies like Polar, Garmin, Suunto and Timex. "With these new comfortable straps there really isn't a good reason to go strapless any longer", states Squire.
Users often want to know why heart rate cannot be taken from the wrist band on the watch itself. It's a logical question because these users get their pulse taken by a doctor from the wrist. The answer is that the amount back pressure you need to create combined with the tightness of the band makes the watch uncomfortable to wear for anything besides short intervals.
"A company I talked to recently is trying to work on a heart rate monitor ring but it just tells you if you are in your zone but does not give you the numerical heart rate, plus power source issues with something as small as a ring might pose some challenges," says Squire
While some efforts are underway to put a sensory chip in the wrist band it will remain to be seen if anyone can produce a reliable strapless heart rate monitor watch option.