Jabra Announces New Fitness-Inspired Pulse Wireless Earbuds with Android Functionality

Jabra Announces New Fitness-Inspired Pulse Wireless Earbuds with Android Functionality

Aug 28, 2014

Jabra has just formally announced the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds, a new offering that has a built-in biometric heart rate monitor. It will feature real-time coaching, sound in Dolby Digital and will also have a companion app on the Play Store.

With this piece, Jabra continues their surge into the health and fitness wearables space. It will cost $199.

From the press release:

Take training to the next level and get the ultimate wireless workout with Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless, new earbuds – and an all-in-one training solution with Jabra Sport Life application – announced by Jabra today. Combining an in-ear biometric heart rate monitor, immersive Dolby® Digital sound and real-time voice coaching, Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless will inspire runners, cyclists, and exercisers of all types to beat their best performance. The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless is currently available for pre-order on Jabra.com/sportpulse and will be available at Best Buy retail stores and BestBuy.com beginning late September.

Built-in Heart Rate Monitor and App: The Smart Way to Train

With a built-in intelligent app – Jabra Sport Life – exercisers will get the most out of their Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds, helping them plan, track and evaluate each workout. It has never been so easy to test fitness levels and aerobic capacity, adjust heart rate zone levels to optimize training, and set goals based on distance, time or calories burned.

“Jabra has a strong legacy of innovation in wearable technology and Sport Pulse Wireless is no exception,” said Darcy Clarkson, Senior Vice President at Jabra Consumer Solutions. “These are world’s first earbuds to have a built-in heart rate monitor, heralding the next generation of intelligent audio solutions for fitness fanatics that allows our customers to work out with the confidence of medical precision.”

Premium Sound, Completely Wireless Workout

Music is a big part of many peoples’ workouts, and the Sport Pulse Wireless is designed to fire up exercisers by listening to their favorite songs with a customizable sound experience and powerful, purpose-built speakers that deliver world-class wireless music performance. Personalised audio coaching provides feedback on your workout every step of the way, enabling music and training to be controlled from a single app.

As Tough as You Are

Encased in carbon fiber, Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds are built to take a pounding and are sweat- and storm-proof, so there is no excuse for missing a training session. Ergonomic Audio Response ScienceTM technology ensures a secure, comfortable fit that’s lightweight in a compact design so nothing gets in the way of exceeding training goals.

Track Workouts with Medical Accuracy

Jabra commissioned Campbell University in North Carolina to independently verify the performance of the heart rate monitor technology for fitness and active usage. The comprehensive trial included runners on a treadmill and simultaneously tested Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless against a medical electrocardiogram (ECG) machine. The results clearly showed an extraordinary accuracy with a 99.2% correlation, proving the advanced nature of Jabra’s in-ear heart rate technology.

“Jabra has created a single device that can provide accurate biometric information, both visually and audibly, within a piece of equipment that most exercisers are wearing anyway and eliminate the need for excess equipment,” concluded Jennifer Bunn, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director at Campbell University in the Department of Exercise Science.

The Next Generation of Jabra’s Sports Line

Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds continue Jabra’s tradition of global ‘firsts,’ building on a solid heritage of superior sound engineering. The earbuds represent the next generation in Jabra’s family of wireless audio solutions for people who are serious about exercising, complementing the award-winning Jabra Sport Rox Wireless and Sport Wireless+ earbuds.

We had an opportunity to review a couple of Jabra’s offerings in the past, and came away impressed. The Sports Pulse can be pre-ordered from its product page; as noted, it should be available in September.

[Source: Jabra Press Release]

Monkey Boxing Review

Monkey Boxing Review

May 29, 2013

For boxing feens, Monkey Boxing may be close to a must-see. And why not? Monkeys in the boxing ring… it doesn’t get much better.

In this game, lower primates get to be pugilists with flair. It has the feel of Wii’s generic boxing game, decked out in eye-catching 3D detail. The developer really works color into the customization options by giving a great selection of clothing and gear, plus whimsical vanity items and hair pieces. The animations were okay, avoiding the overzealous gruesomeness that sometimes plagues games of this time. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I appreciated the zany touches. It’s much easier to justify knocking out your 6-yr-old when bananas are floating over the prone body of his mon1character.

The game has a few different modes. It is possible to play in a single ladder type of progression, or two players locally on the same device. There is also the option of playing against an opponent who is on another device on the same wi-fi network. Single player entails fighting, training and completing challenges; progress unlocks more features and customization options, and the game does a good job of compiling stats. The boxing matches themselves were simple affairs, with fights going about four rounds. Each fighter has a life bar, and the winner is the fighter with the most life at the end of the fight, or the one who is still standing. Controls were minimalist in nature, with two virtual buttons (punch and block) being the primary ones; other special power buttons flashed when earned or invoked.

The multiplayer multi-device play is pretty fantastic. As noted, it involves playing over local wi-fi. I think it’s the best part of the game, but then again, I’m a sucker for multiplayer functionality.

My biggest gripes were the ease of play in the single player mode and the finicky connectivity for the multiplayer portion. With the former, I just wanted a bit more of a challenge. The latter was a frustrating experience; I hope it isn’t a widespread issue and that it was mostly user error.

All in all, Monkey Boxing is a great time waster with plenty of upside and expandability.