Epson develops Worlds lightest GPS-enabled running monitor
Seiko Epson has developed the world’s lightest GPS-enabled running monitor, which also boasts an extremely thin design. Designed to be worn on the wrist and equipped with long battery life, the monitor uses GPS to provide runners with accurate distance, pace and other data. The running monitor can operate for up to 12 hours on a full charge with GPS tracking on – more than enough time for long-distance events, from full marathons to trail runs. Despite its compact size, the monitor has a remarkably accurate built-in GPS module. Strapped to a wrist, the monitor will provide runners with accurate performance data on the fly, including distance, pace, and speed, on any course, so that they can train with maximum effectiveness and enjoyment.
Epson’s GPS running monitor is also incredibly lightweight – it tips the scales at no more than 50 grams, making it the world’s lightest GPS-enabled running monitor. And, despite the built-in GPS module, it is a sport wristwatch-like 13 mm thick. Epson’s running monitor is water resistant up to 5 bars, or 50 meters of water. This level of protection means users can safely use the monitor not only in a downpour but even while showering or swimming. Epson plans to release a commercial version of the monitor in Japan in 2012 as the company’s first entry in the electronic sporting goods market.