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Find out how Polar technology and services can be used for research and science. Our technology and products have multiple capabilities which can be applied in research, including heart rate and heart rate variability measurement, physical activity and online monitoring, measuring of energy expenditure and assessing of aerobic fitness.

Polar technology has widely been applied in both academic and industrial research projects and validations. This is evidenced by over 1000 science papers annually. Polar products are also referred as a reference device or as an actual research equipment.

Polar technology provides researchers with an affordable, high-quality and easy-to-use option to carry out physiological, sports scientific, and medical studies for large test groups. The standard connectivity, such as Bluetooth, Wi-fi and API interfaces enable easy data transfer from Polar devices to your systems.

Polar H10

Polar H10 is a state-of-the-art classical heart rate measurement sensor comprising a chest strap and a transmitter unit. Polar H10 is designed to be used by top athletes, thus tolerating harsh conditions, such as sweat, electric disturbances and motion artefacts.

It is equipped with built-in memory and can be used online as a conventional heart rate sensor for heart rate and RR intervals with standard Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity. Furthermore, an SDK (Software Development Kit) is provided to enable access to online raw sample data, such as ECG and 3D acceleration. An example data logger application is available for Android to show you the principles of an application that you can create yourself.

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Gilgen-Ammann et al. “RR interval signal quality of a heart rate monitor and an ECG Holter at rest and during exercise”, Eur J Appl Physiol. 2019 Jul;119(7):1525-1532. doi: 10.1007/s00421-019-04142-5. Epub 2019 Apr 19.

Müller at al. “Heart Rate Measures From Wrist-Worn Activity Trackers in a Laboratory and Free-Living Setting: Validation Study”.Mhealth Uhealth. 2019 Sep; 7(10): e14120. Published online 2019 Oct 2. doi: 10.2196/14120: 10.2196/14120.

Polar OH1

Polar OH1 is a coin-sized optical heart rate sensor with built-in memory and SDK connectivity. The standard Bluetooth Low Energy protocol enables you to connect Polar OH1 to any Bluetooth device equipped with standard Bluetooth protocols and record heart rate and PP intervals for your purposes.

The state-of-the-art optical measurement gauge enables you to measure PPG (photoplethysmogram) from any part of the human body where skin contact is possible. An SDK is available to develop an app to retrieve online raw PPG and 3D acceleration from the sensors. An example data logger application is also available for Android.

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  • Schweizer and Gilgen-Ammann. Accuracy of the optical heart rate device Polar OH1 during rest and exercise. CISM Sports Science, Aug 28, 2018.
  • Schubert et al. The Polar OH1 optical heart rate sensor is valid during moderate-vigorous exercise. Sports Med Int Open. 2018 Jun 17;2(3):E67-E70. doi: 10.1055/a-0631-0920. eCollection 2018 Jun.
  • Hettiarachchi et al. Validation of Polar H10 optical heart rate sensor for moderate and high intensity physical activities. Plos one, May 23, 2019 Gilgen-Ammann et al.
  • Accuracy of the optical heart rate monitor Polar OH1 at rest and during exercise, Abstract (24-1449) and e-poster. ECSS annual meeting, Prague, Czech Republic, July 3-7, 2019.
  • Hermand et al. Validation of a photoplethysmographic heart rate monito: Polar OH1. Int J Sports Med 2019:40:462-467.

Polar M600

Polar M600 is a first-generation smartwatch by Polar, built on the Wear OS operating system by Google. Polar M600 is equipped with internal API, which provides you with access to a high-quality PPG sensor, 3D accelerometer, gyroscope, GNNS positioning technology, Bluetooth and Wi-fi, for example.

It provides you with a powerful tool to collect data generated by the integrated sensors, or to use as a data hub for external sensors which you can connect to the watch over Bluetooth. The Wi-fi connectivity provides you with the freedom to collect data anywhere and transmit the data to any server system over the Internet. The Wear OS gives you freedom and instructions to program the device according to your preferences.


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  • Horton, Stergiou,Fung, Katz: Comparison of Polar M600 Optical heart rate and ECG heart rate during exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc, vol 49, no 12, pp.2600-2607,2017.
  • Jovanov. Wearables Meet IoT;synergistic personal area networks (SPANs), Review,Sensors 2019, 19(19), 4295;

Polar Open AccessLink

Polar Open AccessLink is our proprietary API which provides you with access to data recorded by Polar devices. 

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Polar Team Pro

Polar Team pro is a coaching system for teams where each team member wears a sensor equipped with a GNNS positioning module and an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that provide real-time telemetry to a coach’s iPad. The system is supported by an API which provides access to performance data for 3rd party analysis platforms after the training session or game.

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  • Giersch et al. (2018) Validity and Reliability of a Shirt-based Integrated GPS Sensor, Abstract in American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Med Sci Sports Exerc 49;5; Suppl, S559, 2018.
  • Huggins et al. (2019) The Validity and Reliability of GPS Units for Measuring Distance and Velocity During Linear and Team Sport Simulated Movements, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research , 2019 (submitted)

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