HeartBeat Personal Trainer

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HeartBeat Personal Trainer
Manufacturer: HeartBeat Corporation[1]
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$299.99299.99[1][2]

The HeartBeat Personal Trainer, also known as the HeartBeat System and the HeartBeat control deck, is a Sega Mega Drive variant themed around personal fitness. Designed and manufactured by HeartBeat Corporation, and including the HeartBeat Catalyst body-mounted fitness sensor hardware with purchase[1], it was released exclusively in the United States in November 1993. Notable for having a production run of only 1,000 units, and shipping with the pack-in game Outback Joey (which was specifically developed to utilize the Catalyst, and not available for purchase separately), both are considered some of the rarest pieces of Mega Drive history in existence.[3]

Contrary to popular belief, the system is not required to operate the HeartBeat Catalyst fitness sensor hardware, and the latter was even sold separately for those who already owned a Sega Mega Drive.[4][5]

Hardware

The HeartBeat Personal Trainer is compatible with any NTSC Sega Genesis cartridge, and has no additional features over a standard Sega Mega Drive. The outer shell of the system itself uses a smooth, sandpaper-like texture designed to mimic that found on the grips and handles of gym exercise machines. Though not a requirement, the Personal Trainer is intended for use with fitness machines such as exercise bikes and treadmills.

History

The HeartBeat Personal Trainer was released on November 24, 1993, and was available for purchase for $299.00 in a bundle which included the HeartBeat Catalyst.[1] For buyers who already owned a Sega Mega Drive, the Catalyst hardware was available for purchase separately for $199.00 (still including Outback Joey.) [1]

The system, alongside the HeartBeat Catalyst and its dedicated software Outback Joey, appeared at Winter CES 1994[2][6] and was used to demonstrate how the specialized fitness sensors could be utilized with a traditional video game.

Images

Heartbeat Personal Trainer

HeartBeat Catalyst

Physical scans

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Manual

Magazine articles

Main article: HeartBeat Personal Trainer/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: HeartBeat Personal Trainer/Promotional material.

External links

References


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