GoPro adds overlaid performance metrics to footage

Partnership with Polar first update of new Developer Program

It’s pretty rare nowadays to get home from a ride without seeing someone with an action camera mounted somewhere on their bike. But, for those who want to overlay performance metrics like speed, distance and heart rate onto their footage, until now Garmin’s VIRB camera was the only option.

As part of its newly announced Developer Program, GoPro cameras can now not only be operated using Polar's V800; metrics recorded by the watch can also be overlaid directly onto footage from the action cameras. 

Details are still a bit thin, but we’d expect the V800 to be able to control basic features such starting/stopping recording and displaying information like battery life and remaining memory.

The GoPro Developer Program has been quietly ramping up for about year and promises to bring other collaborations to the action cameras. While Polar is one the early adopters of the ‘Works with GoPro' functionality, the Developer Program has allowed third parties to create GoPro approved apps, devices, mounts and housings that will seamlessly integrate with action cameras. The camera brand already has colaborations with BMW, Fisher-Price, Telefonica and Timecode Systems, with more in the pipeline.

Polar is the first to take advantage of gopro's developer program, who's next?: polar is the first to take advantage of gopro's developer program, who's next?
Polar is the first to take advantage of gopro's developer program, who's next?: polar is the first to take advantage of gopro's developer program, who's next?

Now your friends will know exactly how you were going when you took the bunch sprint at your local crit, provided you're using the right watch

It’s still a few months away, but current V800 owners will be able to access the GoPro integration via an upcoming free firmware update.

In the coming months we’re expecting to see a wave of gear with a ‘Works with GoPro’ sticker. What brands would you like to see taking part in the Developer Program? Let us know in the comments below.

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
  • Beer of Choice: New Belgium La Folie
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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