Post has a long history of high quality and insane accuracy with this technology. Excellent stuff. They also do hospital equipment and veterinary stuff they have been a big gun in this field for decades
I don’t think Flowlink is compatible with 3rd party apps to monitor heartrate. It is proprietary, not bt or ant+.
However polar does traditionally allow the data to be exported to all the big fitness data apps and websites such as Strava etc.
They are one of the very serious players in this field.
Polar has indeed been at this for a long time, and they could PROBABLY own the segment if they wanted to just by dropping their proprietary wireless connectivity protocol (or keeping it for compatibility with all those gym machines and add ANT+/BLE radios too … they’re tiny).
@gominosensei agreed… I have tried a couple of heart rate monitors and none is as accurate as the polar that I have. However, the one that I have is compatible with every piece of gym equipment that I’ve ever used, even when traveling… it just stinks right up. I know that they have other models that do not work that way. Which model is this?
Complication is a barrier to regular use. Attach a chest strap when you can get optical HR ‘automatically’ when you put the device on your wrist. No. Download your data using a proprietary, bulky device you need to pull out of a drawer, plug into a USB, take off the watch and then connect to an antiquated service or automagically upload via BT or WiFi? Most of these things live permanently is a drawer after a few months. This one should live in a museum now.
When I signed up for a gym, I got one of these things (different brand). It connected to most of the machines and they had monitors around the room so you could always see your HR. The only time I really liked it was when I was doing cardio and felt like heart was going to jump out of my chest. I was able to look at the HR and see that it wasn’t as high as it felt.
It also connected to an app in my phone.
Used it for almost a year. Now it sits in my wardrobe.