​Polar and GoPro pal up for V800 action cam smarts

An early win for GoPro's new Developer Program
​Polar and GoPro pal up

Polar has teamed up with GoPro to offer extra controls and compatibility for users of the ubiquitous action camera.

An update to the Polar V800 sports watch – the jewel in the company's GPS tracking crown – means users will be able to control their action camera straight from the wrist, and benefit from extra data in their footage.

As well as being able to start and stop recordings from the Polar V800, you can opt to have stats such as speed, distance, altitude and even heart rate overlaid onto your footage. Great news for extreme sports types filming their black runs in ski season, less interesting for tourists taking selfie stick snaps ay Buckingham Palace.

The data overlays actually look pretty slick, and the Polar V800 is a firm favourite among hardcore sports types, which makes the partnership look all the more natural. And it could just be the beginning.

The move is part of GoPro's new Developer Program, and Polar is one of the first partners to have access to the toolkits. The Developer Program is designed to encourage implementations of GoPro's technology into hardware, apps and accessories.

We've seen some movement in action camera wrist control already, with EE's Action Cam shipping with a partner smartwatch, and GoPro pushing its Apple Watch app. However, the coolest we've seen is Garmin's VIRB XE action cam, which connects to a host of its smartwatches to add live data into your footage. But by opening up to developers, GoPro has the chance to be much more agnostic when it comes to devices in the future.

Other partners that have signed up to the Developer Program include BMW which has created the M Lap timer app which overlays car telemetary on footage, Telefonica with its Xtreamr sharing app, and Fisherprice, with a child friendly casing for GoPro cameras.

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