Finger-sensor-in-hand-v3-UI-150x150The ithlete team kicked 2014 off with a bang by launching the ithlete Finger Sensor whilst exhibiting and presenting at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. You can read about our experiences at CES here, highlights included being featured on Bloomberg TV and in PC Mag too!

Since launching the ithlete Finger Sensor it has quickly become our most popular heart rate sensor, adding speed and convenience to thousands of user’s ithlete readings.

In April Simon presented at the Camp Digital User Experience conference. This was a great honour as ithlete was recognised for leading user centred design with the latest interface. Many thanks to designer Chris Bush who helped us realise the v3 interface and who also attended the event.

Android_Robot_200-150x150Shortly after the Camp Digital event ithlete v3 was also launched for Android mobile devices. We have since seen an impressive increase in Android users and are delighted our app is fully inline across the two platforms.

Heart rate variability (HRV) research is hugely important for ithlete, and as the only scientifically validated HRV mobile app, staying up to date with this research is a large part of what we do. Therefore we were delighted when, in May, a review article by Jamie Stanley and Jonathan Peake, University of Queensland, under the guidance of Martin Buchheit, was published. This article was of particular importance because it reviewed a vast amount of existing HRV research and findings and recommendations for best practice aligned perfectly with ithlete protocol. You can read our summary of the paper, and find a link to the original, here.

Since launch in 2009 ithlete has been steadily acquiring new users and we celebrated a particularly big milestone in July when we surpassed 10,000 mobile app users.

August was a big month for some of the ithlete team personally, Simon completed the Haute Route Alps, and Laura celebrated the birth of her first son, Alexander – surely the youngest addition to team ithlete!

In September Simon presented at the Sports Nutrition Seminar in London and found the whole event to be quite fascinating. Do you track diet along with yourithlete HRV measurement? We’d be interested to hear what patterns you see!

Long time ithlete user and now full time HRV researcher Andrew Flatt published a validation study of the ithlete 1 minute measurement in September. The study demonstrated that 1 minute is sufficient time for an accurate and reliable HRV measurement, again reinforcing ithlete as the leading scientifically validated mobile HRV app.

Another month, another event, we do seem to have been on the road a lot this year. In November the ithlete team attended the Sports Performance and Tech summit in Manchester. This was a great final event of the year and gave us the opportunity to interact with more of our Team App customers.

Finally we can now hint that behind the scenes we’ve been working hard on an exciting new project and all will be revealed early in the New Year… Stay tuned for news!

Happy Holidays from all at ithlete HQ.