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Old 02-08-14, 11:32 AM   #1
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My LifeBeam Smart helmet is here!!

After putting down some $$$ last year on indiegogo.com during LifeBeam funding plea, my helmet was delivered today. It's a cool rainy day here in North Central Florida so I'll wait until Sunday to give it it's first test. Currently it is charging up. I was surprised to find that LifeBeam is giving us early adopters a $50 credit towards future purchases. That makes the deal even better for me. If you don't know about the smart, it's optical heart rate monitor built into a Laser Genisis helmet that can be either blue tooth or Ant +. Since I have Garmin products, an Oregon 600 and a Fenix, I ordered the Ant + model. Here are a few pics of the package.




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Old 02-08-14, 12:56 PM   #2
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Looking forward to your ride report. I hope it works as well as you expect.
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Old 02-09-14, 08:12 AM   #3
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So it's just a helmet with a built-in HR sensor? It transmits HR to a Garmin or whatever, but does it do anything else?
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Old 02-09-14, 09:24 AM   #4
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So it's just a helmet with a built-in HR sensor? It transmits HR to a Garmin or whatever, but does it do anything else?
Well that might be. For me living with heart problems and frequent PVCs (premature ventricular contractions) and a IC, tracking my HR is important to me. I find that in my situation the normal electrical type chest straps just don't work. This one works optically. So for me it does something that no other helmet or strap can do….. save me from getting near my LCD's set shock threshold..
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Well that might be. For me living with heart problems and frequent PVCs (premature ventricular contractions) and a IC, tracking my HR is important to me. I find that in my situation the normal electrical type chest straps just don't work. This one works optically. So for me it does something that no other helmet or strap can do….. save me from getting near my LCD's set shock threshold..
Sorry if I seem tedious here, but are you saying the Smart HR sensor produces a HR measurement that's different and more accurate than a conventional HR strap sensor, and if so, are most Ant+ devices (e.g. Garmin 500) able to present that data? Or are you saying you that conventional HR straps don't work for you because, perhaps, you can't make them fit, feel comfortable, or there's some physical limitation that impedes their use?

Again, I don't mean to be obtuse here, but I was just not aware that there may be monitoring/transmission/accuracy problems with conventional HR straps, so if the Smart optical sensor provides better data, that may be good to know.

Oh, and I should add that I'm not slamming the Smart helmet, and I recognized immediately that it may provide convenience for some users in that it eliminates the need to futz with another piece of equipment, but if it provides better HR monitoring for those with particular demands like the PVC you mention, then I'd like to be aware of that so I might let others know there's a solution for them. It's true that for me, I don't think the helmet provides anything useful, as I neither find using an HR strap annoying nor do I use just one helmet, so those things kinda kill it's appeal for me.

EDIT: okay, I think I figured it out; is the LCD you mentioned a wearable defibrillator? That would explain things!

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Well that might be. For me living with heart problems and frequent PVCs (premature ventricular contractions) and a IC, tracking my HR is important to me. I find that in my situation the normal electrical type chest straps just don't work. This one works optically. So for me it does something that no other helmet or strap can do….. save me from getting near my LCD's set shock threshold..
This may not meet your needs at all. It detects the pulse or effective output of a heartbeat, not the heartbeat itself. So a PVC or other inneffective beat wouldn't register reliably (if at all) and might be interpreted by the unit's computer as simply a lower pulse rate.

If you have serious issus of irregular heartbeats, normal chest straps may not work well because the computer uses an averaging algorithm to calculate the pulse. Irregular rhythm is problematic and interpreted as an error causing the unit to not display a pulse value.

If you do have serious problems with PVCs and the like, you should speak your cardiologist about a better way to monitor your heart rate and rhythm than the typical heart rate monitor.
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Old 02-09-14, 01:54 PM   #7
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The thing is with all other units using electrical readings I have found in a course of a ride drop outs, ultra high and low readings etc. Not at all accurate over a period of say a 2 to 4 hour ride. Today while using the smart for a 30 mile ride I had none of that. All I saw and had in stored on both my Garmin Fenix and Oregon 600 is a nice wave. No drop outs and no high/low readings. So for me I'm a happy camper right now. The smart helmet comes in both a Ant+ (can be read by any Ant+ device with a hr setting) or a Blue Tooth (for BT devices). Again this helmet is NOT for everyone. But with the basis of a Laser Gensis it's a pretty great unit. My cost during the fund raising phase was less than just buying the helmet. However, I would have to think about shelling out 300 bucks for one today.I found the both the Garmin and Polar heart straps were a little uncomfortable after a while. I quite use to the feeling of a helmet anyway. The downside is that you can't monitor your HR while doing non-helmeted activity. I think again for me the optical pickup is more accurate than the typical electrical one. That may be due to a whole host of things including skin conductivity, clothing type, etc. where this types of problem don't exist with an optical pick up. I also don't like the idea of a strap that close to my icd (Implantable cardioverter defibrillator).

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Old 02-10-14, 02:56 PM   #8
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What a lot of people don't understand is that for some people electrical HRM's don't work reliably if at all. Even in the hospital, the nurses had trouble getting my leads just right to read my rhythms. The strap type HRM's are basically useless for people like me and DowneasTTer. These problems have nothing to do with Bluetooth or Ant+. It's the actual reading that's wonky. Optical readers work in an entirely different fashion and haven't been available for consumer use until recently. There's this helmet and a wrist device I mentioned in another thread. The technology is leased from Philips (as used in the device they stick on your finger to measure your pulse in the hospital).
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Nice

I would like the headband.
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