Since launching in 2015 on the strength of a wildly successful KickStarter campaign, the Pebble Time smartwatch has made a name for itself in the crowded wearables space - with good reason; it’s reasonably priced and boasts an armful of great features. And it’s about to get even more useful thanks to the folks at TYLT (the same crew responsible for all the great Qi-enabled wireless chargers).
TYLT is using our EFM32 Jade Gecko MCU and our Si1144-AAG optical heart rate sensor to bring heart rate monitoring to the Pebble Time. The TYLT VÜ Pulse is a case that connects to the accessory port of the Pebble Time, bringing with it useful heart rate monitoring functionality, extending the usefulness of this nifty device even further. The LED-based monitor tracks your heart rate during your workout and will alert you when you’ve reached your max threshold. The data then syncs with Google Fit or Apple Health via the watch’s Bluetooth connection.
We’re always excited to see customers doing innovative things and we’re not alone. Nearly 6,000 supporters have raised more than $350,000 through crowdsourcing platforms Indiegogo and KickStarter. The EFM32 Jade Gecko, which we released late last year is ideally suited for this type of battery-powered application thanks to its ultra-low current active mode and short wake-up time from energy-saving modes.
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