Apple watch connection for heart rate

Can anyone advise please - can't believe there doesn't seem to be ANY constructive yes/no advice on here ref this - no hear rate seems to make it totally incomplete

 

thanks

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    Hi Dan!

    We support heart rate monitors that transmit Ant+ or Bluetooth data.  We can't yet connect to the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch.

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  • Hi Cody,

     

    Do we have a timeline? are you actually working to get this in place as there are many other similar training apps with this ability. 

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  • Hi Ryan,

    No, we are not actively working on this right now.

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  • I would like to add +100 to this request. I just signed up for the trial and love the videos, but needing to have a separate heart rate strap when I already have a fancy watch that tells me my every move doesn't make sense. I don't want to add yet *another* gadget to my workout routine.

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  • Agreed 100%

     

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  • I just tried (briefly!) and was able to get HR from apple watch into Sufferfest via the BlueHeart application. I think it's somewhat recent, and allows you to use your phone to broadcast your apple watch HR via bluetooth.

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  • Brilliant ! Thanks Benoit. Community support working as it should. Just setup BlueHeart app and works perfectly - more data on my suffering. 🙏

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  • The Apple Watch is a lot more comfortable than wearing a body strap. The typical user is likely to be running Sufferfest from their iPhone which already has a Bluetooth connection to the watch. The iOS version of Sufferfest could access this data using the HealthKit API (like a zillion other apps do). It should not make a bluetooth connection to the watch itself. I think Benoits suggestion means transmitting the watch data via iPhone to a 3rd device which is running Sufferfest (e.g. a iPad), or else to a smart trainer that accepts a heart rate monitor signal.

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  • Agree Matthew - a native API call would be more elegant but looks like there is no near term plan so BlueHeart App is a good hack. I am running Sufferfest videos off iOS device and watch is now sending heartbeat to Sufferfest App via BlueHeart. Not perfect but it works.

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  • I’m on the trial subscription at the moment and the lack of compatibility with Apple Watch and Apple Health means I’m highly unlikely to sign up full time. It shouldn’t be difficult to extract HR data from the Apple Watch.

    Using the BlueHeart workaround doesn’t seem to work with my Schwinn IC8. It gives me a green light that it’s connected but no data seems to pull through. Real shame as that’s a deal breaker for me. As was summed up in another comment, why am I now going to have to buy yet another gadget when I already have one on my wrist that virtually all other apps seem to connect to...? :( So frustrating.

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  • Bump for this functionality. Please prioritize this!

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  • What everyone said...guys, maybe you dig chest straps, but average users don't -- now that they have options. For 15$/mo users expect hakuna matata approach in using your product (which is really good btw., if we don't think of these usability nuances). And if it's not too much to ask, Apple TV app that you're working on for so long 

    Spill that digital holy water Minions, chop chop 

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  • I just discovered this device from North Pole Engineering. I've just now ordered it so I can't tell you how well it works yet but thought I'd share the resource in case there are other early adopters in this community.https://store.npe-inc.com/fitness-products/?_bc_fsnf=1&brand=4 

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  • I have downloaded Blue Heart and it seems to be working, but I still don’t see any way to add it to my Sufferfest workouts. 

    I’d love it if -Benoit-Coulombe could explain how. please. 

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  • Here's how it works for me:

    Open BlueHeart on iphone

    Open BlueHeart on apple watch, start Spin session

    On iphone popup, click green start button

    Wait for advertisement (free version), click done/close

    Your iphone is now ready to broadcast your HR from apple watch via bluetooth

    Open Sufferfest app on iPad and load a training video, search for bluetooth device (first use only, after it connects automatically)

    Suffer

    Note that i sometimes lose HR connection during a training, waking up the applewatch/iphone seems to resolve the issue.

    Regards

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  • Thanks Benoit. 

    I didn’t realise that I needed both iOS devices running : I thought I would need to hue SufferFest on iPhone. 

    This seems to work, except, as you say, when watch or phone goes to sleep. But don’t try doing it with watch “Workout” app also running. 

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  • Would this also work to connect apple watch heart rate to sufferfest when running it on windows?  I would think the bluetooth connection should work the same, but Blueheart isn't showing up in my devices.

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  • Sorry Kim, 

    There isn't a way to the Apple watch to transmit a Bluetooth signal in a way that the app can receive it.

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  • Sorry Cody, but that sounds like a Couchlandrian answer.

    The way you could do it would be:

    1) either change iOS Sufferfest app to connect to the watch or
    2) build a companion app (like Zwift did) that would transmit the data to the main app

    I'm not happy with using Blueheart for many reasons, one of them being that it glitches because it didn't load the ad, sometimes you have to turn the BT on & off on ipad, iphone & watch and it takes 5 mins to get it to work. Wasting time like that takes away the joy from Suffering.

    Not to mention it's just not kosher to pay a premium price and not get a basic, necessary (and expected in 2020.) feature.

    Took me less time to pull few random requests then it took me to start a workout while using Blueheart on iOS. 
    https://support.thesufferfest.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360003394175-Support-Apple-Watch-for-heart-rate-data
    https://support.thesufferfest.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360005995335-Heart-Rate-Coectivity

    Your fellow Sufferlandians are asking for this since 2018., pass it up to the head honcho please.

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  • Here's another post to try to put some pressure on SufferFest developers.

    Come on guys! It really doesn't make sense that competing apps can pull data from Apple Watch but this one can't. Perhaps if you explain why that is you'll get fewer complaints from users.

    Please fix!

    Oh, and my last post about this seems to have been deleted (but maybe it somehow didn't post when I clicked "submit")

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  • Adding another name to the ever growing list of Sufferfest users seeking Apple Watch connectivity via a native Sufferfest app.  Wahoo/Sufferfest please appreciate that most of your users have already supported your products via a Kickr, Elemnt and so on.  Not offering an Apple Watch connectivity, let alone an Apple TV app is taking a lend of those users.  

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  • Love The Sufferfest but it always seems soooo far behind the development curve compared to competitors...

    Basic connectivity seems such an issue. I have PowerTap PS1 pedals (you know, those really popular ones) that I can use via Bluetooth with Zwift. Can’t use them via Bluetooth with The Suffefest (double power output - bonkers).

    And now, I have an Apple Watch (you know, over 50% of the smart watch market) and I can’t use functionality that I could on other Apps. 

    I’d be hammering the product development team if I were responsible for revenue...

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