there is an "official" reply on the same question from Polar USA in the slowtwitch.com Forum. Take a look at http://forum.slowtwitch.com/Slowtwit...VIEW_P2537848/
Expecially the post 8, 9, 11 and 19 are very interesting...
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LukeNRG the link you provided didn't work when I just tried it but I did search the Bluetooth.com site for Polar and found this published...
go to Bluetooth.com and see this article about the new "gold standard" you will also see Polar mentioned as well as heart rate monitors and bicycle acccessories:
"Once vendors equip the newest mobile phones and PCs with dual-mode Bluetooth chips, an ecosystem of millions of these hosts and body-monitoring sensors could encourage engineers to launch new types of health and fitness products. “Bluetooth low energy is a step forward to having a common standard in the fitness and sports category,” says Polar’s Suvilaaks. “As soon as people see they have Bluetooth low energy in their mobile phones, I think they will start to connect the dots, especially among mobile phones, the Internet and devices like ours.”
Market researchers say new low energy products could be a windfall for fitness companies. Infiniti Research Ltd. predicts the total health care market for classic Bluetooth enabled devices now stands at US$1.5 billion worldwide. Of this, current Bluetooth enabled fitness and workout products, including calorie counters and pulse meters, account for about 19 percent or US$285 million. By 2013, low energy applications could help this industry segment explode, with shipments of low energy devices topping out at about 15 million units.
“These devices will provide multiple types of information – from running, cycling and swimming speeds
to your body temperature and whether you’ve burned enough calories to reach your goals,” says Amit Gupta, a manager at the research firm. "
don't know when exactly this was put on the site... but it looks like it will take a LONG TIME for this technology to be put into the marketplace, IMHO.
Chris, how long do you think it will take to get Polar products to be compatible with popular power meter products, do you have any guess at this time?
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