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New wave wearables: Polar and Sennheiser talk AI hearables, brain sensing and smart rings

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New wave wearables: Polar and Sennheiser talk AI hearables, brain sensing and smart rings

PULSE catches up with Polar's Sander Werring and Sennheiser's Martin Grieder

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This week, we sat down with Polar CEO Sander Werring and Martin Grieder, “Group Vice President of Consumer Hearing at Sennheiser Consumer division’s parent company, Sonova.

The pair delivered their first collaborative effort at CES 2024 back in January, the Sennheiser Momentum Sport - a hearable that tracks heart rate from the ear during workouts and harnesses Polar’s algorithms to analyze the data.

In our chat, we talk about the future of hearables, and how partnerships can make the most of AI, brain sensing, and health and fitness tech.

Polar’s Sander Werring also discussed a new Polar smart ring, and how ‘Powered by Polar’ is a return to the company's origins at the dawn of wearables in the 70s.

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Sennheiser Momentum Sport: Quick look

It's been a while since we've seen a pair of truly smart wireless earbuds for workouts, but that's exactly what Sennheiser brought to the floor at CES.

The Momentum Sport can track the wearer's heart rate and body temperature during exercise, with users also able to link this data to Polar Flow.

It means training analytics metrics such as Training Load Pro, Training Benefit, and more are all accessible through the Momentum Sport, while all this data can also link up with a Polar sports watch, like the Vantage V3, in real-time when connected.

The company notes that users will be able to send heart rate data from the Momentum Sport to third-party apps Apple Health, Strava, Garmin Connect, and Peloton, meaning workout insights will be possible without the need for a sports watch or smartwatch.

They launch on 9 April for $330 and are available in black, green, or graphite.

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