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I'd like to track my fitness more automatically than I do now, because now it's not automatic, so I don't do it.

In particular I'm interested in getting an ANT+ odometer for my bike. I understand that the iPhone can read these, but it is not clear whether that means it reads it into the Health app, or I still have to use some 3rd party solution. Does anyone know of a meter that goes directly into Health?

And then there's the Apple Watch. Can the Watch talk to any of these devices directly? That would certainly be wonderful because then I wouldn't have to carry my phone on bike rides.

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No iOS device has native ANT+ communication support built in. For the iPhone 4 & 4s, Wahoo makes a 30 pin ANT+ dongle. Newer devices can also utilize this dongle with a 30 pin to Lightning adapter.

http://www.wahoofitness.com/devices/wahoo-key-16.html

Once your setup with the ANT+ dongle, you'll need a 3rd party app to read the data. Some, like Strava, can push data to the iOS Health app:

https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/216917527-Health-App-Integration-iPhone

  • Thanks! I have also seen some BT meters, so maybe I'll take a look at those. – Maury Markowitz Jun 7 '16 at 20:10
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There are also devices which act as ANT+ to iOS bridges wirelessly without a dongle, such as the 4iiii's Viiiiva Heart Rate Strap.

http://4iiii.com/product/viiiiva/

This should let you use other ANT+ devices with your iPhone at the same time.

  • This is a very interesting, and somewhat surprising, solution. I'm going to look into this as well. – Maury Markowitz Jun 22 '16 at 15:19

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