Vü Pulse adds heart-rate monitoring and wireless charging to your Pebble watch

pebble vu pulse
Rather than baking a lot of features into the Pebble Time itself, Pebble is backing various Kickstarter accessories that add increased value to the smartwatch.

Recently, Pebble backed a watch strap, indistinguishable to its own, that allowed for contact-less payment via NFC capabilities integrated into the strap. And now, it has backed Tylt for its heart-rate monitor add-on that also doubles as a wireless charging connector.

The Tylt Vü Pulse is a physical add-on you snap to the back of your Pebble Time or Pebble Time Steel smartwatch. Its primary use is that it allows users to monitor their heart rate in real time, which they can then view through the companion app from Tylt. Passive mode lets you measure your heart rate every 30 minutes, and active mode gives you readings every 10 seconds. Naturally, it’s integrated with Pebble Health, which means you can export that data to apps like Google Fit and Apple Health.

The Kickstarter reached its $100,000 fundraising goal in 72 hours, and is currently sitting at $175,078 with 13 days to go as of publication.

The Vü Pulse is also Qi Wireless Charging-ready, and as the device sits on the bottom side of the Pebble watch, you can simply lay it down (watchface side up) onto a wireless charging slab. It will take longer to charge this way though — about two hours for a full charge — according to Mario Duenas, an electrical engineer at Tylt who spoke to Digital Trends.

The add-on, in a way, also acts as a protective cover for your Pebble smartwatch, as it wraps around it.

The reason Pebble is backing these add-ons, or “straps,” is because last year, the company announced that its smartwatch will be able to incorporate “smartstraps,” so that users can have their choice of functionality through straps. Pebble isn’t just sitting back and letting third-party developers do all the work though. Kannyn Macrae, vice president of Product Development at Tylt, told Digital Trends that Pebble is in fact helping Tylt with the Vü Pulse, but Macrae couldn’t offer other details.

While the retail price hasn’t been finalized yet, Macrae says he estimates it will cost around $60, though you can back the project on Kickstarter and get one for less. The company is also offering deals with the Vü Pulse and other accessories like the Tylt band and the Tylt Vü Solo Charger, a Qi-enabled wireless charger.

The Vü Pulse comes in one color, grey, and will ship in August of 2016.

Apple

Missed out on Amazon’s Prime Day Apple Watch deal? Walmart has you covered

Amazon's deal on the Apple Watch was pretty good, but it sold out within the first 24 hours of Prime Day. As an alternative, we'd suggest you shop Walmart, which has the Apple Watch Series 3 available for $80 off its normal price.
Apple

At just $169, Amazon Prime Day now has the best deal on the Apple Watch Series 3

Amazon Prime Day comes once a year, and with it, you'll find the best deals on your favorite Apple products. Right now, the Apple Watch Series 3 is just $169. Get yours while supplies last.
Deals

Best Buy drops prices on Apple Watch Series 4 before Prime Day

With Walmart and Amazon butting heads, Best Buy has decided to drop a few sneaky Apple Watch Series 4 deals into the mix to spice things up. We are seeing more and more Prime Day smartwatch deals go live as the event draws near.
Deals

Walmart cuts prices on Apple Watch and Fitbit smartwatches before Prime Day

We've been monitoring Prime Day smartwatch deals over the last week or so, and many of the most attractive sales appear to be on fitness watches. Apple and Fitbit, in particular, are offering discounts on the Versa and Series 3 models.
Deals

Amazon drops the price of Garmin Vivofit Jr. activity trackers down to $70

You can get various electronics for children during Prime Deal 2019. Check the deal on the Real Flower and Broken Lava Garmin Vivofit Jr. fitness bands. They are available on Amazon for $70 during the 48-hour sale.
Deals

Amazon slices 46% off Microsoft Surface headphones for Prime Day

Microsoft's first attempt at headphones was a good start, however, their $350 retail price is a little steep. Prime Day 2019 has the answer to that issue: A 46% price cut that's only good through Tuesday night, so act quickly.
Product Review

Samsung's $99 fitness tracker takes on Fitbit. Can it keep pace?

Samsung’s going toe-to-toe against Fitbit’s Inspire HR with its own $99 fitness tracker -- the Galaxy Fit. It also has a heart rate monitor, can automatically detect six workouts, and has a battery that can last for days.
Deals

Amazon’s Prime Day price on the Garmin Forerunner 235 is the best we’ve seen

We've covered deals on the Garmin Forerunner 235 on Amazon and elsewhere quite frequently, but Amazon's Prime Day deal by far beats any other price we've seen for this smartwatch, either new or used. You'll save 58% through Tuesday.
Wearables

The Best Prime Day smartwatch deals: Fitbit, Samsung, and Apple Watch discounts

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is around the corner, and while there are likely to be deals on TVs, gaming consoles, and more, there will also likely be some great deals on smartwatches. Here's what we know about all the smartwatch deals.
Deals

Best Prime Day smartwatch deals: Apple Watch, Fitbit Versa, and Samsung Galaxy

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is finally here, bringing with it a number of great smartwatch deals. Whether you're into Apple's Apple Watch, or prefer a smartwatch that has Google's Wear OS wearable operating system, there should be a something for…
Deals

Apple Watch Series 4 smartwatch now just $360 in Amazon Prime Day deal

Amazon Prime Day is a fine time to buy a new smartwatch. The Apple Watch Series 4 is the cream of the smartwatch crop, and now in an Amazon Prime Day deal, the 44mm model can be yours for just $354, down from its original $429.
Deals

Amazon drops Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids to $60 on Prime Day

We scoured Amazon during Prime Day 2019 to help you spot discounts on tech for kids. If you are looking for a gift for your preteen, consider the Fitbit Ace. You can get this fitness tracker for just $60 during this event.
Mobile

Is the Apple Card any better than a regular credit card? We asked an expert

The new Apple Card is integrated with your iPhone and comes with a titanium backup card for places that don’t accept Apple Pay, but how does it stack up against the competition? We asked some experts to find out.
Deals

Walmart Apple Sale: iPad, AirPods, and Apple Watch deals after Prime Day

Walmart’s competing Prime Day sale is continuing until the end of today. This has turned out to be good news for Apple fans — with discounts on iPads, iPhones, MacBook, and Apple Watches still on sale.