MIO Alpha
Heart rate watch

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The Holy Grail of Heart Rate (Look Ma, no hands!)

ALPHA is the world's first strapless, continuous heart rate monitor you can wear on your wrist. It has been tested EKG-accurate even while you are running at performance speeds of up to 20km/h (12mph)!

Before ALPHA, the most common way to get an accurate heart rate continuously while exercising was to wear a strap around your chest. With ALPHA's innovative technology, the world of heart rate monitoring will be changed forever!

Why Use Alpha?

Heart rate monitoring is useful and beneficial to athletes, helping them optimize their training, control their intensity level, and preventing over- and under-training. But it is not only useful to athletes, it should play a significant role in your everyday life as well.

Wearing a heart rate monitor while you exercise can help you reach the appropriate speed and intensity necessary to achieve your fitness goals. It's important for a healthy brain and staying young, weight loss, preventing disease, optimizing workouts, and managing stress. Life today can seem impossibly busy at times, but it is important to always maintain your health and fitness. With the ALPHA on your wrist you can make the most of that effort, maximizing your workout and minimizing your time.

How it Works

READING HEART RATE

Two light beams and an electro-optical cell "sense" the volume of blood under your skin. Because the blood volume pulsates in the rhythm of the heart, so does the signal from the electro-optical cell. This signal is processed by an advanced electronics circuit and passed on to a highly specialized computer program that is embedded in the ALPHA. To date, the stumbling block with this type of technology has been the arm movements while walking or running strongly interfere with the electro-optical signal to the point that it is no longer possible to extract the heart rate from it.

In order to solve this problem the ALPHA has been provided with a separate motion detector. The computer program is able to use the information from this detector to compensate for the disturbance that is generated in the electro-optical signal by walking or running motions. As a result, the ALPHA can display an accurate heart rate even during motion-intense activities.

BLUETOOTH SMART CONNECTIVITY

For other functions such as speed, distance, pace, GPS, etc., use your favorite smart phone app. Alpha is compatible with all smart phones featuring Bluetooth 4.0.

Features

ALPHA is intuitive, with just two buttons to push and only the most essential features

  • Continuous heart rate display

  • User settable heart rate zones with visual and audible alerts

  • Data review (total exercise time; average heart rate; time "in zone")

  • Timer

  • Clock

  • Bluetooth Smart connectivity


Reviews

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    Works with my iPhone

    February 14, 2013 by Courtney Svajian Recommended

    So I just read another user's review of Alpha and had a totally different experience. It worked flawlessly with my iPhone. From what the other person on this said about it, it seems like the problems may be limited to Android?

    At any rate, I had a great experience with it. I think the best part about it for me was that it got me moving. As with any fitness device, when you wear it you feel guilty if you're not working out. I loved that part of it.

    In short, it worked well for me. But, the caveat is that I have an iPhone 5.

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    Not a bad heart-rate monitor.

    February 19, 2013 by Christopher Stumph Recommended

    So I must offer a disclaimer. I've never actually worn a heart rate monitor, so I'm definitely no expert on the subject and can't offer a fair comparison to other products in this arena.

    I wore this around for a day and a night to run it through some trials. It's was really neat to see what a quick walk to go grab lunch or basic task throughout the day did the increase my heart rate. One place I thought this item shined in is the design of the band. It's wide, semi-elastic polymer/rubber, and has a 3 prong fastening...thing, to keep it pretty secure. The excess band length snaps into place via some little pegs at the end that fit into the holes in the band. Overall, it felt pretty well fastened to my arm, and was easy to forget I had it on.

    When I got home that night, I decided to put it to the test with some boxing. It did slide around just a bit when throwing punches, but not enough to be distracting. It was really novel to be able to actually see the fact that I was indeed doubling my heart rate during my work out. I kind of want one now, just so I can keep track of variations, and different levels of effectiveness for different workouts.

    The only thing I could really find to fault it on was the lack of a backlight.

    Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to use it's ability to upload data, but I imagine if I owned one that I'd use it all the time. Definitely cool.

    Overall, as an inexperienced user of fitness gadgets, I'd say I'd consider this as a good piece to get started with if thinking about buying a heart rate monitor. Much better to have it around the wrist then one of those awkward bands that go around your chest.

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    Great Idea, but needs more work

    March 07, 2013 by Alan Fisher Not Recommended

    When I received I put it on right away, I liked the looks and the idea of what it was supposed to do. Too bad that was where it ended. The watch tells time flawlessly, and the heart rate monitor seems to be accurate, but trying to pair this thing with my smart phone proved too much for the watch. I tried all the recommended third party apps, and only one connected... once, epic fail. The manufacture stated I should try using MapmyRun app, and says they ahve only truely had it working on the droid Razr (The phone I use) while I was able to get the two working once, that's all it worked, I tried over a dozen times to pair the watch to my phone/app with no success. Alpha blames the Android platform for not having true standards in their APIs usage for BT. SInce Alph is not currently shipping with their own app, I would recommend they don't advertise that this unit works with android devices. I don't own any Apple products,so I could not test with the iOS but if android is an indication I suspect it does not work either.

    When trying to pair using the BT there is no option to read/change/use a pair password . I have an 8in wrist, the strap was cutting off my circulation the USB charging unit, is only a charging unit, don't expect to pull data over USB no back-lite, and no alarm function for the watch

    so basically Alpha is selling a $200 wrist mounted Heart rate monitor, no way to get it to function with the advertised and recommended Android Smart phone. Yes it reads your heart rate from your wrist but for $200, it needs to work 100% as advertised

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    Convenient Workout Watch

    April 09, 2013 by Ashley Schopp Recommended

    I have been looking for a good heart rate monitor for a long time. The only watches I could find were the ones with the annoying band that you have to wear in order for it to work. I really loved the design of this watch. I am big on lifting weights and could never know if I'm in my heart rate zone while exercising. I loved knowing what my heart rate was when I was working out and what my average heart rate was after the work out. Alpha gives me a way to know my heart rate all the time. At first I didnt like the bulky aspect of the watch, after awhile I got use to it and it didnt bug me so much. I would like to see the design advance into a more feminine product. The one thing that didnt work for me was the connection to my iPhone. It wasnt a big deal I feel like at least for me because all I wanted to know was the length of my workout and what my heart rate was to make sure I was in my target zone. Overall, I really enjoyed the alpha and would definitely recommend it to someone looking for a product like this.

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    I love this alpha heartbeat watch

    May 09, 2013 by Natalie's Freebies Recommended

    I think it worked perfected I gave this to my mom for when she walks she loves to use it whenever she does. It hooks up great with our iPhones and its really accurate on the heartbeat I think I would recommend this to anyone wondering about it


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