RS800CX mapping functionality in PPT5 shown on Polar support pages
Posted Dec 23 2008 9:13pm
Earlier this week Polar added few articles, FAQs and How To topics to the support pages for the RS800CX. One of the more interesting ones shows the post exercise capability to map the run in the software. Although not specifically discussed on the product pages there is integration with GoogleEarth and support for export of the coordinates in GPX format. One interesting feature is that Polar color codes the track to indicate in which HR zone you were at any particular point during the exercise (this color code should be also available in the GoogleEarth). Another feature is to show the lap times and markers in the PPT5 map and GoogleEarth. I hope they include the key data about the lap. Overall this sounds like a good addition to the plain mapping capabilities most other GPS solutions offer. But I still consider it more of a gimmick to satisfy the Garmin fans. We will see how practical this really is. Note that the tracking is only available when using RS800CX with the G3 sensor.
Over this and next week I will bring additional news and information as I find them or other users report them. I hope to have live report about use of the RS800CX next week. The dealer confirmed earlier this week that they expect to have the monitors in stock on October 1st. Since they are only about 30-40 minutes from my house I'll go pick it up as soon as they get them.