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).
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.”×
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.
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 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.