World’s first production-ready Bluetooth low energy heart-rate belt works with any Bluetooth version 4.0 smartphone

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The product enables anyone that owns a smartphone with the latest version 4.0 of Bluetooth (that includes Bluetooth low energy as a hallmark feature) will be able to set-up and use a wireless heart-rate (HR) belt within seconds and so spur the development of a whole new range of Bluetooth low energy-based health and fitness apps that could include new ways of collecting, interpreting, and displaying HR training data – including motivational social media-based data and progress sharing.    

Nordic Semiconductor’s Nordic µBlue nRF8001 chip offers class-leading ultra low power performance and size and will enable the Dayton Bluetooth low energy heart-rate belt to run for up to 1.5 years from a CR2032 coin cell under typical usage conditions (1-hour per day) while featuring an extremely slim (1.1cm-thick) and compact (3.8 x 6.5 cm) plastic sensor housing that supports a soft fabric finished belt product weighing just 46g (less than the weight of two AA batteries).     
Hong Kong-headquartered Dayton Industrial claims to have manufactured more than half of the world’s ULP heart-rate belts  that were shipped last year.      

"This is not only the first Bluetooth low energy product Dayton Industrial has developed but also the slimmest wireless heart-rate belt we have ever produced," comments Johnson Chan, Product Engineering Manager at Dayton.      

"Heart rate monitors are one of the first and most sought after use cases for Bluetooth low energy," comments Geir Langeland, Nordic Semiconductor’s Director of Sales & Marketing. "This Dayton product platform will now sit alongside established ANT+ interoperable HR belt products and other non-interoperable proprietary alternatives, and give consumers an even wider choice when it comes to monitoring their heart rate and so support an even more vibrant HR monitoring market with solutions for everyone."     

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