Smartphones, smartwatches, smart appliances, smart glasses and now smart hat. It seems our life is getting easier and smarter with all these “smart gadgets.” The LifeBEAM smart hat brings a whole new dimension to your training. You can now train properly with precise measurements, whether you go for hiking or a run, play any sport or opt for TRX training. The smart hat was displayed at the Mobile World Congress. It was initially developed to check the essential signs of astronauts and pilots. However, the company has recently made this technology available for regular consumers in the form of a smart hat.
The LifeBEAM Smart Hat
To bring intelligence in your training schedule, you can use the LifeBEAM smart hat. The hat doesn’t look really exciting when you see it for the first time. It looks like a simple beach hat which you could wear at any regular day beside the ocean. However, beneath the brim of the hat lies all the required components which makes this hat different from others. There is a heart-rate sensor which measures the heart-rate of the user. You can also get the exact measurements which include calories burned and steps taken. The information is sent to your fitness watch or your smartphone app. All of these data is obtained at the aerospace level. The device is powered by an ARM Cortex processor. Near the back of the hat, where the Velcro is, you will find a removable battery hidden under it.
The LifeBEAM smart hat, just like a chest-worn heart-rate monitor can be paired with any accessory or app which is compatible with these sensors.
Quick Look at the Features
Here is a quick look at the features of the LifeBEAM smart hat:
- Dri-fit design of hat
- No requirement of chest strap
- Optical heart-rate sensor
- 3-axis accelerometer
- Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ to connect wirelessly to compatible sports watch, smartphones or cycling computer.
- Compatible with all weather types and hand washable
- Velcro strap to fit all head sizes
- LED light and sound user interface
- Continuous use of 17 hours
- Rechargeable 100mAh lithium polymer
Consumers in the US can get it at $7.99, while users from the rest of the world have to shell out $14.99. Though at the demo at MWC, CNET representatives were told that the product is “coming soon”, yet it seems like the smart hat is being sold from 2014. You can check out the official website to learn more about this product.
Are you aware of the LifeBEAM smart hat? Do you think this will be an advantage over other wearables? We would love to hear your thoughts.