Mio has announced Alpha 2, the successor of Alpha which is a very good heart rate monitoring wearable. While the Alpha came only with a heart rate sensor, the Alpha 2 improves on features and now comes with accelerometer and a backlight support. With built-in accelerometer support, you can measure pace, speed and distance and the backlight is very useful feature as well.
The Alpha 2 is now more or less like a fitness tracker with the inclusion of accelerometer.
Alpha 2 can keep track of distance, speed, calories burned, and other metrics without the need for a constant connection to a smartphone. The Alpha 2 can actually store up to 25 hours of workout data until it’s uploaded to a smartphone via a Bluetooth connection. The data from the band can be accessed by the Mio GO app, or other popular fitness apps on iOS and Android.
The band will also feature stopwatch and timer which was missing in the first version.
Mio Alpha 2 will retail for $200, the same price as that of Mio Alpha even with the new hardware included in the device.