Polar OH1 – Press Release
Polar have released another great new product following on from the Polar M430, Polar A370 and M460. This new product utilises the reliable Polar optical heart rate monitoring sensors installed in to an armband. The NEW Polar OH1 makes heart rate monitoring simple, discrete, affordable and comfortable. The OH1 armband heart rate sensor offers convenient heart rate tracking for the millions of smartphone users looking for an accurate and comfortable solution. The Polar OH1 is a great alternative to a chest strap sensor that can be used with any compatible Polar devices, smartphone Apps (including Polar Beat, Strava, MapMyRide, Endomondo etc)
Store or Broadcast?
The Polar OH1 can either STORE your heart rate data, freeing you from phone, watch etc while training, or BROADCAST your heart rate to any compatible Bluetooth device. An internal memory that can store as much as 200 hours of training data. The USB charged device has a battery life of around 12 hours. At the end of the session you data can be transferred to the Polar Flow app or website (USB cable or wireless Bluetooth transfer)
In Broadcast mode your live HR data can be transmitted any compatible Polar device like the Polar M460 bike computer or Bluetooth connected smartphone or tablet running a compatible Fitness App.
Heart Rate Accuracy
The OH1 uses 6 x proprietary LED optical heart rate sensors similar to those used by the Polar M430 (another 5 Star CardioCritic review). We hope to get our hands on an OH1 before the end of September and look forward to testing it’s heart rate accuracy versus a WRIST WORN optical sensor (e.g. Forerunner 35 / Suunto Spartan Wrist HR / Polar M430) and a CHEST STRAP sensor (BlueLeza / Polar H10 HR sensor) used in conjunction with a Polar M460 and Garmin Edge 820. Tests results to follow ASAP.
Upper or Lower Arm
The Polar OH1 can be worn on the upper or lower arm adding convenience and comfort for different types of activities. The accuracy is allegedly the same whether worn on upper or lower arm.