The human wrist has become a valuable commodity---and scores of company are connecting to that area's smartwatch possibilities…an acceleration precipitated by the 2 way radio version we remember from the comic strip character, Dick Tracy.
TIMEX- a 160 years old watch brand-introduced another sport focused smartwatch recently which interests many as no pairing of smartphones/handsets are necessary-aka a "stand-alone"----that will imo appeal to a broad range of motivated consumers-including those who do not run with any device----us included.
|IRONMAN GPS+ONE $399.95-with a HR monitor $449.95-powered by a cloud based service delivery platform managed by Synchronoss (STOCK SYMBOL SNCR), which is also leading the development of the product’s mobile application and web portal, according to the press release.|
Other compatible options -include popular apps like MapMyFitness, a built-in music player app, MP3 component-w/ 4Gs storage- pairs with heart rate monitors, foot pods, wireless headphones (hear all that music)=Bluetooth™-plus it's water resistant up to 50 meters (around 150 feet), has customizable timers (10), screens and alerts, a rechargeable LI-ION battery (lasting anywhere from 4-72 standby hours), an IndiGlo® Night Light---messaging options to let people track you in real time "Find Me Mode"-- big for travelers, imo- to send emergency alerts.
ALSO nifty-each watch has its own email address- and Qualcomm is supplying the low-power always on color Mirasol touch display that can be seen in direct sun.
|Timex has other sport smartwatches -including RUNX20 GPS -a slim design $100-with easy to read screen speed, pace, distance-rechargeable LI-ION battery, automatic pace alerts, calorie expenditure counting based on GPS data, water resistant to 50 meters, Indiglo® Night Light, 10 workout memory|
The ECHO™ SERIES of smartwatches from MAGELLAN® pairs with user's smartphone (via Bluetooth® 4.0)- for real time sport functions, access to music playlists, and personal goals/ \data-like tracking (steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned), sleep length, and is an activity tracker independent of phone.
|save and share stats-we assume when changing battery-data needs to be back-upped somewhere else.|
|neat feature-Both series are Di2 compatible models that can read record shifting information from compatible Di2 electronic bicycle shifting systems-feedback on whether shifting at wrong time or in wrong gear…a lot of data.|
|small and lightweight (less than 1 ounce)-PulseOn-nifty looking watch watch too|
|synchs via Bluetooth with iOS+Android apps|
It did reminds us of MIO---so-and we are quoting here from the IndieGoGo site: "PulseOn has created a proprietary sensor solution using multiple wavelenghts of light combined with a unique sensor design to measure your blood flow from different depths of skin tissue. This makes PulseOn able to measure heart rate accurately and reliably in a wide variety of conditions and use cases. Together with intelligent algorithms and patented mechanical design allowing for the device to fit your wrist flawlessly and comfortably, PulseOn can monitor your heart rate accurately even at highest running speeds and across multiple cardio-intensive sports. Its accuracy is comparable to chest strap based monitors while its comfort is equal to a wrist band! For the first time, you can truly replace your chest belt."
|pre-order of the IndiegGoGo site|