A lot of what we work on at BodyMedia comes directly from your feedback. We are constantly striving to increase the value of your subscription. To meet that goal, we are happy to announce some new innovations to the Activity Manager.
Many of you have expressed interest in viewing heart rate data in the Activity Manager. This version of the Activity Manager adds the ability to import and display heart rate data from select Garmin devices.
The Heart Rate feature uses the Garmin Communicator Plugin, a third-party browser plugin, to communicate with select heart rate monitors.
To Set Up your Garmin Device
Before you can import heart rate data into the Activity Manager, your computer must have the appropriate Garmin software installed to communicate with the Garmin device. The software will vary for different Garmin devices. Frequently, it is the Garmin ANT Agent or Training Center software, or the Garmin Connect website. In addition, you will need the Garmin Communicator Plugin, which is available from http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator. Please contact Garmin for any issues with download, installing or running the Garmin software or the Garmin Communicator Plugin.
The BodyMedia FIT Heart Rate feature is compatible with any heart rate monitor supported by the Garmin Communicator Plugin. The Communicator Plugin is updated frequently as Garmin releases new products. The devices that have been officially tested by BodyMedia are Forerunner 60 (aka FR60), Forerunner 610, Forerunner 305, and Edge 305. Currently, the Garmin Communicator Plugin is known to have problems with the Forerunner 110, so the Activity Manager is not able to import heart rate data from this device.
Activity Manager Heart Rate Set Up and Features
By default, the heart rate feature is disabled. To enable this feature, go to Settings - Heart Rate. Once enabled, you can configure your personalized heart rate settings (resting heart rate, maximum heart rate, heart rate zones). This configuration only has to be done once.
Single Day View
The single day view displays your summary data for the day, a graph with detailed heart rate data, and charts with detail by zone. You can zoom in on a specific period of time to see an even more detailed view. If you mouse over the chart, a popup window will appear reporting the data, time and value.
The multi-day view displays the average of the daily summary information of all the heart rate events that occurred over the selected time range. The multi-day chart will display stacked bars that represent the time spent per zone for each day in the time range.
Detailed Weight Information
Several of you also informed us that you'd like a tool to quickly see where you stand within your current weight loss program and understand how much weight you've lost since starting with BodyMedia FIT. To accomplish this, above the weight chart we've added a weight loss summary bar that includes:
- Current Weight: Your current weight.
- Goal Weight: The goal weight you set in the system.
- Goal Date: The date by which you are trying to reach your goal weight.
- Current Progress: The amount of weight you have lost and the days that have passed since setting
your weight loss goal.
- Remaining: The amount of weight loss and days remaining within your weight loss goal.
- All Time: The total amount of weight you have lost since joining BodyMedia FIT.
Estimated Calorie Burn
To make it easier for you to understand whether you'll meet your Caloric Burn goal by day's end, the Activity Manager now includes an estimated Calorie Burn value. This appears as a lighter blue bar that extends from the data that you've already uploaded to the Activity Manager. Hovering over the estimate bar will reveal a pop up that shows you the estimated value and how that relates to your Burn goal. The algorithm used to predict your Caloric Burn is based upon your behavior, and will learn more about you over time.
With the release of Activity Manager 3.5, you will no longer be able to sync your Armband via your browser. This change only affects Windows users from before November 2009 and Mac users from prior to May 2011. Most users have already transitioned to using BodyMedia SYNC to upload their Armbands to the Activity Manager. If you haven't, you've been missing out! BodyMedia SYNC makes interacting with the Activity Manager a much simpler process overall. Simply plugging in your Armband will sync your data and launch your Activity Manager account. Please download and install the latest BodyMedia SYNC application.