Cycling with clever headgear: The sensor in the bicycle helmet Lazer Genesis Life Beam will save the heart rate belt. If it works and what the smart gadget else can tested. The pulse sensor of Lazer Genesis Life Beam sits in the headband of the helmet and protrudes minimally. The Bicycle Helmet Lazer Genesis Life Beam shows that even in recreational cycling long high-tech devices have been introduced. So train hobby cyclists today far more professional than about three times the cycling champions Fausto Coppi in the 50s. They also draw back on massive sensor data: temperature, distance and pace; Cadence and kick performance. Power sensors at the pedals are but outrageously expensive - which is why some prefer it, instead, simply to measure the pulse.
Lazer Genesis Life Beam - Helm takes belt
However, a heart rate belt is not for everyone: As an alternative Lazer brings therefore a 250-Euro-helmet with built-in pulse sensor, the development of the Israeli Bio-sensor pioneer Life Beam funded via the online platform Indiegogo: There he gathered a 64,000 Euro. The principle of smart headgear: The sensor headband measures the change in color when pulsation of the blood. A radio module inside the helmet transfers the data to Smartphone, GPS device or sports watch - via low-power Bluetooth LE or the common short-range wireless ANT +. In the test, it worked very well: The Lazer Genesis Life Beam worked fine with sports apps together on Apple and Android smart phones and GPS devices such as the Pantera Falk and the Edge 1000 from Garmin. Even with sports watches like the Garmin Fenix 2 and the Suunto Ambit 3S and older models worked the connection.
After switching on the sensor, the helmet back flashes blue. The pulse values appeared after ten seconds on the paired devices. Super: In the test they were consistent with the values that measure an ECG machine. The battery inside the helmet held over 16 hours; Charging via USB cable took about two hours. The helmet with 19 vents are available in size M and L for head sizes 55-61 centimeters. The L-version weighs a whopping 355 grams. But you adjust it is to watch: Otherwise there are pressure points of the sensor on the forehead.
The helmet determined the pulse data correctly and transferred them easily via Bluetooth and ANT +. However, 250 euros are nothing to sneeze at, therefore interested parties should wear the helmet before purchasing thoroughly sample.