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I was looking for a heart rate monitor without a chest strap and I found Spree SmartCap. I like to run outside and in Texas it gets really hot so…

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I am in love with my Spree Smartcap! It came in really cool package containing two parts, Smartcap and Spree device itself that comes with original headband. I liked the…

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        Revolutionary Fitness Monitor Showcased at CES DALLAS (January 6, 2014) – The people and products that are shaping the future are gathering this week in Las Vegas…

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        Revolutionary fitness device now available for independent wireless retailers Spree, the first fitness monitor on the market to track body temperature, movement and heart rate without…

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      Spree’s head-worn fitness tracker doubles as a… sweatband We’ve seen plenty of fitness watches, armbands and pedometers, but it’s a rare moment when we see a pedometer that sits on your…

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      Spree Sports Headband   I’m sure by now you have at least heard about the new Spree Sports Headband.  It is one of a gaggle of new…

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Gadget Review

      Spree Fitness Monitor Review The proliferation of exercise accessories to use with smartphones seems to have doubled in the last year — thanks to the appearance of…

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Awesome product! Fits nicely and comfortably around your head and stays in place throughout the workout. I use mine when I run to calculate distance and make sure i’m at…

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I have been looking for a heart rate monitor that did not include a chest strap for some time and came across this sleek looking thing… I got it for…

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The proliferation of exercise accessories to use with smartphones seems to have doubled in the last year — thanks to the appearance of sensors/monitors that can track what a person…

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SHOES & FITNESS GEAR

The Spree Sports headband is a revolutionary fitness monitor that takes your fitness to a whole new level. Spree is the only wearable fitness management tool that uses biosensors to…

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I was looking for a heart rate monitor without a chest strap and I found Spree SmartCap. I like to run outside and in Texas it gets really hot so I thought to have a temperature tracking would be great as well to protect me from overheating. So I ordered it and yesterday I was able to finally give it a try. Overall I liked it a lot. The app is very simple and easy to use, shows me all the metrics I need such as heart rate, distance and also a map of where I ran! And of course calories. I really like that the sensor fits into a cap and I couldn’t even feel it, previously I used chest straps and those were so annoying! I am thinking about ordering other colors of the hat to match my running outfits. Great product, I hope it lasts!

Best regards,

Eva
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I am in love with my Spree Smartcap! It came in really cool package containing two parts, Smartcap and Spree device itself that comes with original headband.

I liked the idea of wearing a fitness monitor on my head, the original Spree headband looked cool (bit sci-fi), but just wasn’t my style. When Spree came up with the Smartcap, it was the choice for me. I like to run and exercise outside so I’m usually wearing a hat for sun protection. Now I wear my Smartcap. It’s very comfortable, looks good and precisely measures my heart rate and body temperature. Spree is very easy to put in and remove from the hat when needed (I like to clean it after workout) but stays in place during working out or running. Thanks to the cap, I can’t even tell I am wearing the monitor on my forehead. Cap size is adjustable and fits mine as well as my wife’s head.

Spree monitor itself is pretty accurate. It measures heart rate and body temperature best of all heart rate monitoring devices I have tried for exercising. It’s really easy to use and works perfectly. I use the Smartcap on daily basis for running and the Spree app helps me to improve effectivity of my workouts. App itself looks pretty, is simple to use and connects to the device immediately (I use iPhone 5). You just have to make sure you have bluetooth and GPS location on (those were my wife’s phone problems, not problems of the device itself).

-Martina

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Revolutionary Fitness Monitor Showcased at CES

DALLAS (January 6, 2014) – The people and products that are shaping the future are gathering this week in Las Vegas for the 2014 International CES. Fittingly, the top executives from Hothead Technologies will be on-site to showcase their revolutionary fitness device, Spree.

The most comprehensive fitness monitor on the market – and the first to track body temperature, movement and heart rate without using a chest strap – will be showcased in the FitnessTech Zone, Booth #26909, at the International CES from January 7-10, 2014.

Developed by Dallas-based Hothead Technologies, Spree is a cutting-edge device that stands apart from other fitness monitors, such as those worn around the chest or arms, by analyzing the three most important variables in every fitness routine – body temperature, movement and heart rate. The sleek and comfortable headband unit captures all the real-time data needed to optimize every workout and achieve ultimate performance, then streams the information to an easy-to-use smartphone app that charts exertion and provides visual indicators when each activity’s goal is reached.

For “healthletes” concerned about the effectiveness of their heart rate monitor or irritated by chest straps, Spree offers a welcome alternative.

“We’re excited to return to the International CES with a cutting-edge product that we believe will change the way serious athletes monitor their exercise regimen,” said Peter Linke, President of Hothead Technologies, Inc. “Spree addresses the common concerns with traditional chest straps, armbands and bracelets, which typically revolve around lack of comfort and accuracy, while adding the critical element of body temperature to the equation. Knowing the temperature at which your body reaches peak performance is a huge advantage, and Spree is the only device that does it.”


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Revolutionary fitness device now available for independent wireless retailers

Spree, the first fitness monitor on the market to track body temperature, movement and heart rate without using a chest strap, is widely expected to become the new “must have” workout companion for serious athletes.

The smart device stands apart from other fitness monitors, such as those worn around the chest or arms, by analyzing the three most important variables in every fitness routine – body temperature, movement and heart rate. The sleek and comfortable headband unit captures all the real-time data needed to optimize every workout and achieve ultimate performance, then streams the information to an easy-to-use smartphone app that charts exertion and provides visual indicators when each activity’s goal is reached.

Spree also addresses widespread complaints about chest straps, which can restrict breathing and move around during exercise. Women are especially resistant to chest straps, which are often considered uncomfortable, awkward and restraining. Arm and wristband units tend to be the least reliable. “We’ve all seen examples where two wrist devices were used side by side with drastically different results in both distance traveled and calories burned, even up to 200 calories difference,” said Peter Linke, President of Dallas, Texas-based Hothead Technologies, Inc, which developed the proprietary technology in Spree.

 

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Spree’s head-worn fitness tracker doubles as a… sweatband

We’ve seen plenty of fitness watchesarmbands and pedometers, but it’s a rare moment when we see a pedometer that sits on your forehead. Spree believes that it’s the top of your noggin that offers the most accurate physiological data, and that was enough for us to give the hardware a quick look. The device itself is a small, square, rubber brick with an optical sensor covering one of the sides. Naturally, that side has to be pressed up against your skin in order to monitor your heart rate and body temperature, while an accelerometer records your moment. In order to get the Spree into its intended position, there’s a rubber headband, which doubles as a sweatband, so, no matter how frantic your nodding, you won’t be left wiping your eyes in sticky frustration.

 

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Spree Sports Headband

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I’m sure by now you have at least heard about the new Spree Sports Headband.  It is one of a gaggle of new products released in the last few years that have some fairly impressive fitness applications.  They usually interface with your smart phone and give you data like speed, calories, distance, etc.. etc..

The thing that sets the Spree Sports Headband apart from the competition is that is tracks your BODY TEMP which is kind of a big deal.  In addition the Spree Sports Headband is a… HEADBAND.  I’ve never been one to wear a headband but since I’ve been testing the Spree Sports Headband I’ve really taken a liking to it.  I sweat profusely and I’m always wiping it from my eyes.  That my friends is a thing of the past.  So I think the coolest thing about the Spree Sports Headband is the fact that it is actually USEFUL as static non-tech device.

The Spree Sports Headband is also the only device that I know of that uses plethysmography. I can only assume that they achieve this by measuring the amount of blood flow going through the vessels in  your head.  All the data that your Spree Sports Headband collects streams to your smart phone where the Spree App takes the information and presents it in an incredibly useful form.  You can view the data real time, so you know if you are overheating for example and can get something to drink and slow it down.  This is a great way to avoid a heart attack or a stroke :)

The way the Spree Sports Headband is constructed is pretty simple.  It is a headband with a notch in it (for lack of a better word).  The functionality comes from a small square box that fits into the notch and is held by the band up to your forehead.  The device collects all the necessary data and streams it to your phone real time.

While you have the Spree Sports Headband on and running, it sends the information on your body temperature, distance, speed, heart rate, and burned calories.

You can customize a workout and see where your heart rate is, how many calories you have burned (and have left) etc.. etc..  This means if you want to burn 500 calories (not run / walk xx distance) you can set it for 500 calories and do that, it will count down the calories you have left.  Pretty cool if you are trying to lose weight, taking in 1800 calories and burning 500 of them off before you sleep for the night could make a dramatic difference in your results.  I’m just using that as an example and you should check with your doctor before starting any type of weight loss program.

The idea here is to get the X all yellow.  Yellow means you are “in the zone” for maximum efficacy where blue and red mean you are either too cold or too hot respectively.  Of course it does the logging and history data too so you can go through and look at your progress.

All in all I think the Spree Sports Headband is the best device available in today’s market for accurately tracking your fitness data real time, and logging that data into a management, useful tool.  If you are a fitness nut, trying to lose weight, or someone in between you should consider picking one up. I give it 4 1/2 stars, and nominate it for a Reviewboard Editor’s Choice Award.

 

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Spree Fitness Monitor Review

The proliferation of exercise accessories to use with smartphones seems to have doubled in the last year — thanks to the appearance of sensors/monitors that can track what a person does when exercising or exerting themselves in a sport. The one thing that all these sensors rely on is contact with the person, and this contact is often done in ways that make them stand out and are uncomfortable as well. The spree Fitness Monitor seems to have found just the right balance without giving up on any of the needed features required. In fact, spree ups the game by folding in the ability for body temperature monitoring.

The spree pod is almost weightless and barely bigger than a lima bean, but it has to be used with the included headband to do its job — which is to read a person’s heart rate, body temperature and to monitor motion. The pod goes into a depression on one side of the headband, which is then put on so the sensors can now lie against the forehead. The band can be adjusted and must be tight enough to secure a good fit that won’t come ajar when the person’s active. The headband doesn’t go out of its way to stand out, but it can’t be unobtrusive due to its placement on the forehead. There’s no on/off for the spree pod and should first be charged using the micro-USB slot. The amount of power it has will be visible in the spree app and I found it to last for quite a few exercise sessions — but it’s easy enough to pop out of the  headband for a quick 1-2 hour charge now and then.

Bringing up the spree app on my iPhone, the first thing to do was fill in the settings; my height, weight and other factors such as age. Then I went to the “Workout” screen — where it was necessary to select the device  — the Spree pod. Notice that I didn’t have to pair it with Bluetooth in the conventional manner, I just had to select the pod from the screen to perform the pairing.

With this set, I now had to choose from the exercise options: walking, running, cycling, gym (weight training), skiing or .other  I chose walking to start and decided on such factors as for how long I was going to walk and filled in the other areas as to what I wanted to accomplish. As I began walking, the app displayed the information that was being gleaned by the spree pod — I could also swipe the app to bring up a more detailed page. This procedure is similar in all of the exercises and what’s saved goes into a history file for viewing later on. The app can run in the background so music can be listened to, but since GPS is also running in the background, this can put a fair drain on the phone’s battery power. So I made sure to quit the app when I was no longer using it.

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Awesome product! Fits nicely and comfortably around your head and stays in place throughout the workout. I use mine when I run to calculate distance and make sure i’m at my optimal level of intensity. It’s helping ensure I reach my goals while training for my first half marathon. I’m also buying one for my dad for Father’s Day to keep him from overheating this summer as he works outside!

No other product out there like this. Plus, it looks cool.

-Lacey

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I have been looking for a heart rate monitor that did not include a chest strap for some time and came across this sleek looking thing… I got it for my recent big birthday and have been using it for about one week now.

The things I like about this device:

– sleek, soft rubbery headband… I got the black one…

– adjustable :-)( for big heads)

– blue tooth connection thru my iPhone ( FYI : make sure it is turned on before you try to connect your monitor)

– fast app upload

– USB charger included

– real time feedback- especially I was amazed to see the post burn calories count ( I kept the monitor on for additional 30 minutes after HIIT workout… I wonder how much more I can burn after Tabatas… Or Cross Fit work out… That may be another review… I am still playing around with this little Spree device and will write more as I go. Right now I am a one happy costumer!

 

-Mrs. M&M

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The proliferation of exercise accessories to use with smartphones seems to have doubled in the last year — thanks to the appearance of sensors/monitors that can track what a person does when exercising or exerting themselves in a sport. The one thing that all these sensors rely on is contact with the person, and this contact is often done in ways that make them stand out and are uncomfortable as well. The spree Fitness Monitor seems to have found just the right balance without giving up on any of the needed features required. In fact, spree ups the game by folding in the ability for body temperature monitoring.

The spree pod is almost weightless and barely bigger than a lima bean, but it has to be used with the included headband to do its job — which is to read a person’s heart rate, body temperature and to monitor motion. The pod goes into a depression on one side of the headband, which is then put on so the sensors can now lie against the forehead. The band can be adjusted and must be tight enough to secure a good fit that won’t come ajar when the person’s active. The headband doesn’t go out of its way to stand out, but it can’t be unobtrusive due to its placement on the forehead. There’s no on/off for the spree pod and should first be charged using the micro-USB slot. The amount of power it has will be visible in the spree app and I found it to last for quite a few exercise sessions — but it’s easy enough to pop out of the headband for a quick 1-2 hour charge now and then.

Bringing up the spree app on my iPhone, the first thing to do was fill in the settings; my height, weight and other factors such as age. Then I went to the “Workout” screen — where it was necessary to select the device — the Spree pod. Notice that I didn’t have to pair it with Bluetooth in the conventional manner, I just had to select the pod from the screen to perform the pairing.

With this set, I now had to choose from the exercise options: walking, running, cycling, gym (weight training), skiing or .other I chose walking to start and decided on such factors as for how long I was going to walk and filled in the other areas as to what I wanted to accomplish. As I began walking, the app displayed the information that was being gleaned by the spree pod — I could also swipe the app to bring up a more detailed page. This procedure is similar in all of the exercises and what’s saved goes into a history file for viewing later on. The app can run in the background so music can be listened to, but since GPS is also running in the background, this can put a fair drain on the phone’s battery power. So I made sure to quit the app when I was no longer using it.

Later I decided to use the spree while running — however it was supposed to rain so I decided to use the treadmill in the gym rather than go outside (the pod is waterproof and supposed to be able to handle a car going over it — the first is sensible to have since sweat will occur (and did whenever I wore it for more than a few minutes while exercising) and the second I will just assume is true. I set up the app for running and did my usual time and then viewed it later on. Besides being pleased with my heart rate for the time spent, I could see the value of tracking my progress over time using the spree. And while I never got overheated while doing some weight training later, I could see the value of the spree being able to provide a warning signal. It’s a useful addition to its “bag of tricks.” Additionally, I also saw the value of being able to view the “History” setting over a period of a week to compare heart rate and other values that the spree picked up during my runs.

Bottom line: The spree Fitness Monitor performs in a straightforward and efficient manner that makes it a fit companion when exercising or engaging in physical activity where monitoring one’s body is desired.

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The Spree Sports headband is a revolutionary fitness monitor that takes your fitness to a whole new level. Spree is the only wearable fitness management tool that uses biosensors to measure body temperature, heart rate and movement all in one device. Unlike most fitness monitors, Spree is worn around your head in order to give the most precise reading of body temperature, heart rate and movement.

Spree takes “step counting” to a new level by tracking exact distance and speed travelled with the mileage tracker. As the only fitness monitor to use a plethysmograph, Spree can accurately measure your heart rate in a non-invasive and comfortable way. This biometric information simultaneously streams to your smart phone app using Bluetooth Smart technology. Since you can view an analysis of your progress in real time, your fitness goals become much clearer and more tangible. After you’re finished, you can review your workout history and thanks to the Spree’s built-in data storage, you can download your stats to a computer via Bluetooth Smart technology. This all-around smart performance app will help elevate your fitness training to new heights.

The Spree Performance Optimization Device, POD, fits securely into a silicone rubber band that adjusts to fit around your forehead. This location makes Spree more accurate than the common wristband fitness trackers. The headband can also accurately measure your heart rate without the restriction or discomfort of a chest strap. The Spree POD can be safely removed from the headband for charging and you can wash the headband between workouts. Or swap in a new headband/color. It has a rechargeable 8-hour active-use battery, long enough for 99% of workouts!

So how did the Spree Sports Headband performed?

The key to using the Spree Sports headband is the Spree smart performance mobile app. While you exercise, the Spree fitness monitor tracks your body temperature, heart rate, distance, speed, time and calories burned. This biometric information simultaneously streams to your mobile app using Bluetooth Smart technology. Since you can view an analysis of your progress in real time, your fitness goals become much clearer and more tangible.

Observe calories burned during your workout with the calorie indicator. Track your distance traveled and set your target heart rate. You can even listen to your music library while using the app. This all-around smart performance app will help elevate your fitness training to new heights.

Customize your workout experience and to find your optimal performance zone. Select your Activity, Goals, Mark (expected outcome), and begin your workout. As you start your workout, you’ll see the Dashboard overview. This should be the main screen that you should be looking at. If you want to view the details, you can swipe the screen to see more information including the Time (Elapsed, Target, Remaining), Distance (Travelled, Target, Remaining), Heart Rate (Current BPM, Target BPM, Average BPM), Speed (Current MPH, Target MPH, Average MPH, Cadence, Average Cadence), and Calories (Burned, Target, Remaining). Swipe left again and you’ll also see a Map showing your route if you are moving outdoors.

The goal is to get the X all Yellow (temperature and heart rate). Blue means you are cold or have a low heart rate. Yellow means you are in the zone. Red means you are too hot or over the heart rate zone selected.

Once you finish your workout, you can save it and review it later in the History. I wanted to point out next a few items when using the iOS app. The heart icon mean is one of the most important icons in the Spree app. It indicates how strong a signal the Spree is picking up from the blood flow in your skin of your forehead. Once you place the headband with the pod on your head (shiny side to your forehead) you should see the heart icon turn red and start to fill from the bottom up. Adjust the position of the headband (with the Spree pod inserted) until you have at least a third of the heart filled. Make slow adjustments and wait between them for 5 – 10 seconds to see the result of the adjustment. Ideally, the heart icon should be fully red, however, at least 1/3 filled is good enough to capture your heart rate effectively.

In the Bluetooth discovery of the phone, the Spree POD will not show up. The Spree does not appear in the phone Bluetooth settings because you do not pair it in a traditional way. Spree pairs only after you start the workout. This is to improve efficiency and save battery on both Spree and the phone. You will see that the Spree is paired when the light blue Bluetooth icon on top of your phone screen (right next to the battery indicator) flashes and stays lit up. Make sure the Bluetooth on your phone is turned ON though.

Finally, there is a light bulb icon on the upper right of the workout screen. When tapped, it’s purpose is to keep your screen from going to sleep. If you’d like your phone screen to be continuously on, turn the light bulb on. This works best for those working out on gym equipment.

Spree is also working on audio prompts – I don’t like looking at the screen when working out in the gym or have to look at the screen when doing a running warm up.

By now, you’ve probably noticed that I have not shown any screens with specific temperature readings. Spree purposely does NOT show numbers for temperature. The problem is that most people might think the Spree POD is malfunctioning – for example, resting temperature indoors of 91 degree Fahrenheit due to air conditioning! Our skin does not heat up until our body turns on the cooling mechanism (sweat and dilated blood vessels at the skin). Spree also pointed out that it is also NOT true that our forehead skin temperature is always 98.6 degree Fahrenheit.

After wear testing many fitness and activity trackers/monitors for the past 6 months in various form factors (wristband, clip, watch, headband, ankle, etc.), my preference is still the watch itself. I don’t want to wear an additional gadget as I am always wearing my watch. There is however no one-size-fit-all solution form factor (people have different body type and abilities). But if you want a comfortable, reliable, smart, and accurate fitness monitor, the Spree Sports headband is the only alternative out there.

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