Polar lets thrill seekers command their GoPro from the wrist

And overlay heart rate data onto videos with the H10 chest strap
​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, now available on the wearable, means users will be able to control their GoPro Hero4 action camera straight from the wrist.

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The pairing with the Polar V800 means you'll be able to start and stop recordings, tag HiLights and take images from the GoPro all from your wrist. Further to this, back at this year's CES Polar announced its new H10 heart rate chest strap will also connect to GoPro camera when it arrives, letting you overlay your HR and training data on top of your videos.

Great news for extreme sports types filming their black runs in ski season, less interesting for tourists taking selfie stick snaps at Buckingham Palace. Polar has also made a video showing what the Polar connection will let you do, which you can view below.

Right now the V800 is only compatible with the GoPro Hero4 Black and GoPro Hero4 Silver, but Polar says that support for Hero5 line will come "early this year". What's more, the Polar M600 will also get the same abilities very soon.

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

GoPro recently announced it will launch the Hero6 this year, and its Karma drone is now back on sale, so after a financially rocky few months hopefully 2017 will look better for the action cam company.


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