Published on June 22nd, 2016 | by Cliff
Fresh Catch | Lazer LifeBEAM Sensor Kit
We’ve got something really special for you on this edition of Fresh Catch: a glimpse into the future of cycling. We’re sure that in less than a decade, all of your high-end cycling apparel will be able to track your vitals—Lazer’s new LifeBEAM DIY Sensor Kit is the first step on the road to that utopia.
When the LifeBEAM first showed up in our warehouse, we couldn’t believe that nobody had thought of it before. A heart rate monitor in your helmet? What a no-brainer! And it’s clear that Lazer really put in the extra effort to do this amazing idea justice. It turns on automatically when it senses your pulse, and it sends your heart rate data wirelessly right to your phone or cycling computer using Bluetooth/ANT+. The days of gelling up your chest and fiddling with a tight, uncomfortable strap are over. Now measuring your heart rate is as easy as putting on your helmet.
The LifeBEAM sensor was originally designed to monitor the vital signs of astronauts, but it’ll work just as well on your average cross country rider or enduro bro. The body of the LifeBEAM sits inconspicuously at the rear of your Lazer helmet and connects via wire to a brow pad sensor. That little sensor is light, low profile, and virtually undetectable; it does its job dependably without getting in the way. Old-fashioned chest strap monitors look like cumbersome relics next to the sleek and simple LifeBEAM.
With a substantial 15-hour battery life, you probably won’t need to charge this sensor more than once a week. It also turns off automatically when it’s not in use—you don’t need to worry about accidentally leaving it on and draining the battery. The LifeBEAM charges with a simple Micro USB cable, so you can keep it juiced at home, in your car, or even at your work computer.
Lazer built this monitor for mountain riding, so they designed it to handle the worst. Helmet-rattling trails, humidity, rain, snow—the LifeBEAM keeps giving precise readings no matter the conditions. These sensor systems are built specifically to interface with Lazer’s Z1, Blade, Magma, and Mach Air helmets. Sadly, this generation of LifeBEAM won’t fit onto other manufacturers’ helmets without some serious duct-tape action (which would look stupid, and probably wouldn’t even work).
With the LifeBEAM, Lazer is paving the road for a future full of intuitive, integrated tech. Soon enough everything from jerseys, to gloves, to pedals will be able to wirelessly pair with smartphones. Get a head-start on the future and try the LifeBEAM for yourself—heart rate tracking has never been easier.
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