Close on the heels of the launch of the Fitbit Force and the Nike+ Fuelband SE, Adidas has released its own Android based activity monitoring smartwatch called the miCoach Smart Run. The miCoach Smart Run features a Mio optical heart rate sensor and a GPS to provide accurate activity monitoring and customized fitness coaching for the user. miCoach determines the heart rate from the pulse measured at the wrist and uses the activity input to provide personalized exercise and training programs so that the user can meet his or her fitness goals.
The smartwatch also has a media player that can be used to play music and can be coupled via Bluetooth to wireless headphones so that the runner can listen to music while exercising. miCoach Smart Run, which has WiFi and an accelerometer, is also capable of providing audio training to the user to motivate the user to exercise efficiently. The smartwatch also features 1 Atm of water resistance, good enough to resist sweat or rain showers, but not go swimming, and also has a “marathon mode” to distribute the fitness tracking features over the length and period of a marathon. While using the smartwatch with its GPS and audio fitness training mode turned on, it promises a battery life of 8 hours. The watch is set to retail at $399, almost twice the price of the Nike+ Fuelband SE.
Press release: adidas Revolutionizes the Running Watch with miCoach SMART RUN