Polar H7 and Polar Beat app review

polar beat appThe Polar H7 and Polar Beat app are the latest products released by Polar, they are a step forward into heart rate monitors and mobile technology integration.  These products use as a heart rate monitor your mobile device, they are compatible with iPhone iOS and Android OS phones.  The Polar H7 connects via Bluetooth through a chest strap that monitors your heart rate and communicates to the Polar Beat, a heart monitor app that tracks your heart beat, distance, and  coaches you through different fitness stages while keeping a record of everything on the Polar Personal Trainer.

One of the great features of the Polar Beat app is the Smart Coaching which keeps track of your training, calories burnt, % fat burnt, and the aerobic zones you have been hitting on your runs or activities.  Also you can choose from a series of sessions from free training to Maximum training to increase you aerobic conditioning and fitness.  You can see all the details on the video review below with examples on how to use your Polar Beat app and your Polar H7 chest strap.

Polar H7 video review

The Polar H7 and Polar Beat transforms your mobile phone into a powerful fitness device that is also compatible with other mobile apps like Runtastic, Runkeeper, Endomodo, Digifit.

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Polar Beat Smart Coaching showing the results of a week of training.

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History of my most recent runs

These are some of the features of the Polar H7

– GPS based speed, distance and route (if your reveicing device includes GPS)
– Distance or time based training targets
– Voice guidance
– Sharing to Facebook, Twitter and
– Training history
– Polar Smart Coaching features: Training benefit, Sports Zones and Calories
– Calorie based training target
– Heart rate vs. speed graphs in training history




Editing videos with iMovie for the iPad

imovie-icon-ipadI bought iMovie for the iPad almost a year ago, and have never used it until today that I dared to edit a video with it.  I delayed using it because I thought it was going to be a pain in the ease to do the whole process, well it was the complet opposite.  It took me less than 20 minutes to do a 2 min clip of my latest trip to Toledo in Spain.

I used video I shot with my Canon S100, so I just imported the video files through the dock connector to the iPad directly.  I have a high speed SD card so import is pretty quick and a 64GB iPad with enough space to store video files.

I would say this is the future of video editing, using a touch screen interface.  It makes much easier the video manipulation and eliminates the need of complex track balls and video editing jog wheels and controllers to do the job.  At least with the iPad editing was fairly easy and intuitive.

This is how it looked when I was editing my latest video from my visit to Toledo, you can check the video below.  It is not Spielberg quality but it does the job and at least I get to have a nice clip of my trip with cool elevator music.


Editing videos on iMovie for iOS on the iPad is extremely easy

iMovie edit workflow

1. Import video through dock connector or iTunes

2. Select the best clips

3. Open iMove project

4. Choose wether you want to do a trailer using the themes or or normal video edit

5. Drag the videos you want on the timeline

6. Retouch, cut, and add text or transitions.

7. Review and export


Video edited with iMovie for the iPad

Video Tutorial: Develop WordPress on your Mac with MAMP

This time I will teach you how to develop WordPress on your Mac with MAMP, a solution that allows you to build a WordPress site locally without using a server nor hosting. MAMP in an application for Mac OS, that emulates a server environment on your computer, giving you all the tools necessary to run Apache and MySQL, for CMS and database integration.

Local WordPress development is particularly useful when you don’t have access to a server or hosting.  It is good when you want to replace a website with 0 downtime, by just deploying the new files.  In my case it has helped me have more control over  a WordPress installation, since I can setup everything offline and upload the website to the server when it is 100% ready to go online.  This is useful in terms of SEO when you want Google to crawl your website only when it is fully deployed, instead of having it crawl your website when it is under construction and has very little content.

Develop WordPress on your Mac with MAMP, Video Tutorial

On the following video tutorial I will guide you through the simple steps to install the latest WordPress 3.5 version on you Mac using MAMP and installing a couple of useful plugins before going online.