I received the North Pole Engineering CÔRD on Sunday.
From the Apple App Store you install “ConfigurEZ” which is used for firmware updates and to create workout profiles for the devices that you want to pair to CÔRD for rebroadcast. I made sure it didn’t need any updates, the unit was shipped up to date.
The CÔRD looks like a USB dongle/thumbdrive and it needs to be plugged in for power and reasonably nearby to use it. I have it plugged into my laptop, but I think you could just plug it into a USB wall charger or powered USB hub, it doesn’t need a computer to work, just power. (NOTE that the other new NPE product, WYÛR, has an internal battery and other functions such as a footpod for running or cycling cadence or a speed sensor, but still not available for purchase quite yet).
Since I am doing a Fitness Test prep plan this week, I didn’t want to mess with my current set up, but I have been playing with the CÔRD to test the Apple Watch HRM functionality. I’ve installed another NPE app “Heartbeatz” on my Phone and on my Apple Watch. For three workouts this week, I have run the Heartbeatz app on my watch to compare to the values I am getting from my Polar Verity Sense arm-band worn on the same arm as the watch. I’ve done two lower zone 1-3 workouts and one Half Monty and the Heartbeatz watch app values seem to respond quickly and typically spot on, but occasionally 1-3 beats difference (but typically 0-1 bpm difference).
The only issue that I have had so far is that I have also tried to run the Heartbeatz app on my phone so I can watch the HR value there rather than glancing at the watch, and the BPM values on the phone have frozen more than once, so I have just closed the phone app and get on with my workout. I have not had any issues with the Watch app.
Once I get through my Full Frontal test, I will test using CÔRD with SYSTM and RGT and report back how that works. The only thing that I have done so far is verify that CÔRD shows up as an available sensor in SYSTM.
I will first test CÔRD with Apple Watch for HRM functionality only. Later I will test with ANT+ heart rate sensors in SYSTM and RGT on MacOS, and then RGT and possibly FulGaz on AppleTV.
If you’re considering this product, I wouldn’t be afraid to try it out. Shipment was immediate. If you need the portability of the battery powered unit to use outdoors with your bike head unit, you’ll have to keep an eye out for the availability of the WYÛR product.