Adidas Implements Mio Global's Continuous Heart Rate Monitoring Technology Into miCoach SMART RUN Watch

  Adidas Implements Mio Global's Continuous Heart Rate Monitoring Technology
                         Into miCoach SMART RUN Watch

Wrist-Worn Heart Rate Monitoring by Mio Replaces Chest-Worn Strap, Technology
Wins CES Innovation Award for Second Year in a Row

PR Newswire

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 7, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mio Global, makers
of the wrist-worn heart rate monitors Mio ALPHA and Mio LINK, together with
Adidas, today announced that the heart-rate monitoring technology featured in
the miCoach SMART RUN watch which has been selected as a Health and Fitness
Honoree in the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards, is the Mio
Continuous Heart Rate technology. This will be the second year in a row that
the MIO breakthrough optical heart rate sensing technology has been an
integral part of a CES Innovations Design and Engineering award-winning
product. Last year at CES 2013, Mio ALPHA was also chosen as an honoree in
the same category. The Mio technology implemented into the new Adidas miCoach
SMART RUN watch, measures performance-level continuous rate while athletes are
in motion by utilizing LED technology to detect pulsing volume of blood flow.

Using two green LEDs and an electro-optical cell, the Adidas miCoach SMART RUN
watch measures every beat of the heart in real-time. The technology is
integrated into the back plate of the watch so LEDs shine light into the skin,
enabling the electro-optical cell to detect the pulsing volume of blood flow.
In the past, athletes have turned to chest straps to track heart rate--but now
wrist-worn technology can track the body's response to exertion with real-time
heart rate measurement, leading to more efficient training and accurate
progress tracking.

"Optical heart rate measurement has never before been suitable or accessible
to performance athletes, simply because other signals generated by movement
disturbed the results," said Liz Dickinson, inventor of patented Mio
technology. "The design of the Adidas miCoach SMART RUN watch, coupled with
accelerometer technology we've added to compensate for any small disturbance
in heart rate, this watch outputs a clean heart rate signal in performance
scenarios. Athletes can say goodbye to their chest-strap heart rate monitors."

Mio's patented continuous heart rate technology is at the core of Mio's
flagship devices: the first ever wrist-worn heart rate monitor Mio ALPHA, as
well as the Mio LINK, an affordable wrist-worn heart rate monitor recently
unveiled at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). To help
achieve commercialization of Mio ALPHA's breakthrough, Hydra Ventures
(fully-owned corporate venturing arm of Adidas), invested in Mio Global. The
partnership gave Adidas access to the award-winning Mio continuous heart rate
technology, and both companies will continue to work together to integrate the
technology into future Adidas miCoach products and services. Mio's
breakthrough technology has been recognized back to back in both 2013 and 2014
as a Health and Engineering honoree in the Health and Fitness category during
the CES Innovation Awards.

"When we made the decision to integrate the Mio technology, we were looking to
manufacture a state of the art running watch and understood they had the
partners and technology to get the job done," said Simon Drabble, Director,
miCoach BU, Adidas AG. "The continuous heart rate technology found in the
miCoach SMART RUN watch is compelling to the performance athletes who want to
lose the chest strap without sacrificing accuracy, even in high-performance
workouts performed by many of those in our miCoach program."

The Adidas miCoach SMART RUN watch has a GPS, music player, full color touch
screen and heart-rate monitoring capabilities, and retails for $399. For more
information about Mio Global, including its devices ALPHA and LINK, or its
interactive exercise app Mio GO, visit For more
information about the Adidas miCoach SMART RUN watch, visit

About MIO
MIO, a recognized pioneer in health and fitness technology, is the maker of
the Mio ALPHA and Mio LINK, the world's first sport watch and sport band to
provide continuous, accurate heart rate monitoring at performance levels -
without a chest strap. Both devices connect to Mio's fitness app Mio GO and
other fitness apps, creating an easy way for athletes to track and record
their fitness progress. Founded in 1999 by Liz Dickinson, Mio is a brand of
Physical Enterprises Inc. Mio's team of world-class scientists, engineers and
professionals strive to help athletes reach their goals by innovating
high-precision, easy-to-use technologies from the company headquarters in
Vancouver, Canada. For more information, visit

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