Technology has always played a crucial role in enhancing the experience for runners of all levels. ANT+ is often associated with runners who connect various devices like heart rate monitors, foot pods, and more. However, with the advancements in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, runners have more Bluetooth accessories and sensor options than ever before for their training needs. Here are four compelling reasons why runners can confidently leave behind the ANT+ era:
Connecting a Watch to Multiple BLE Accessories
One common misconception about Bluetooth is that it doesn't support connecting to multiple devices simultaneously. This belief kept many runners looking for ANT+ enabled watches. However, the reality is quite different.
Most Bluetooth accessories can be paired with 2 - 3 devices and broadcast data simultaneously, such as the COROS Heart Rate monitor.
Most of the watches launched in recent years can connect to multiple Bluetooth accessories at once. Impressively, all COROS watches can be paired with 16 Bluetooth accessories, and work with a whopping 7 devices simultaneously. This means you can connect your heart rate monitor, foot pod, smartphone, earbuds, and more, all via Bluetooth, without any hiccups.
The latest Bluetooth chipsets, like the ones used in the COROS Heart Rate Monitor and PACE 3, are designed with energy efficiency in mind. In contrast, ANT+ connections consume more power due to the following reasons:
ANT+ broadcasts data at an unnecessary 4-8 Hz (4-8 times every second), while Bluetooth broadcast is maintained at 1 Hz.
Bluetooth only consumes power when the connection is enabled, ANT+ requires data transmission to always be turned on and can't be shut off.
For endurance athletes, especially those embarking on long-distance races, battery life is a critical concern.
In recent years, there has been a significant shift in the running technology landscape. Most running accessories, sensors, and gadgets produced today are designed to support standard Bluetooth protocols. This means that runners can pick and choose from a wide array of devices, assured that they will integrate with their existing gear.
As technology evolves, it's essential to look at what technology has the best long-term promise. Given the growing ubiquity of Bluetooth in the world of sports and fitness technology, putting focus on watches and devices using the latest Bluetooth technology is a way to stay on the leading edge of product development.
Bluetooth has emerged as a robust, energy-efficient, and widely compatible alternative that simplifies the connectivity of running devices. With the ability to connect to multiple devices simultaneously, greater energy efficiency, universal compatibility, and a more promising future, Bluetooth technology is the choice for COROS in future watch technology development.