Announced at the 2021 CES, the Scosche Rhythm+2.0 armband is a waterproof Apple Watch heart rate monitor alternative that the company claims is as accurate as a chest monitor.
Scosche has announced an update to its wearable heart rate monitor that makes it more accurate and last longer per charge. Athletes and those who want the most precise heart rate data often purchase dedicated monitors that want more accuracy than Apple Watch.
These dedicated monitors usually have to be strapped to your chest for the most accurate results, but Scosche claims their armband will provide similar results despite being placed on the arm. The armband is built with patented Valencell PerformTek biometrics, which has been lab-tested as highly accurate when performing virtually any exercise.
The Rhythm+2.0 uses green and yellow LEDs to measure blood flow for high accuracy with any skin tones. It has a built-in accelerometer for even more accurate measurements. The battery lasts through 24 hours of workouts between charges, up from 8 hours in the previous model.
The armband is rated IP68, making it dust and water-resistant under any condition and waterproof up to three meters. This means you can do standard swimming workouts without worry while getting accurate heart rate measurements.
You can wear the monitor on your forearm, bicep, or tricep and still get accurate results. This differs significantly from having to have a chest strap tightly fitted to your chest.
It is unknown how accurate the readings are compared to the Apple Watch. Apple uses red and green LEDs to measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels in the Apple Watch Series 6. Dedicated monitors often prove to be as accurate, if not more accurate than the Apple Watch, despite the price difference.
The Scosche Rhythm+2.0 armband will be available for purchase in Spring 2021 for $79.99.