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Gear: Take heart with this new watch and touch sensor

May 05, 2012|By Judi Dash | Special to the Los Angeles Times

Not so long ago, monitoring your heart rate while exercising required you to wear a chest strap that relayed heart rate information to a watch-like monitor on your wrist. It was uncomfortable and sweaty.

Now, thanks to Oregon Scientific’s new Gaiam Touch Trainer Heart Rate Monitor, all you need is the wristwatch. The Touch Trainer has a clock, calendar, alarm and stopwatch functions, but its real value is an integrated touch sensor that measures and displays your heart rate when you place one or two fingers on the lens sensor.

The device can keep track of current, average and maximum heart rate readings, and can even estimate calories burned.

Gaiam Touch Trainer Heart Rate Monitor starts at $99.99, depending on strap color. Info: (800) 853-8883.

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