Epson has developed one of the world's lightest GPS-enabled monitor, which comes with an extremely thin design. It is designed to be worn on the wrist and is equipped with a powerful battery. The monitor uses GPS to provide runners with accurate distance, pace and other data. 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.
Demand for running equipment has soared, along with an escalating number of distance runners and races in Japan, Europe, America, and other developed economies. Looking to serve this demand, Epson has developed an unobtrusive GPS running monitor that provides accurate running data, and excellent water resistance, making it appealing to weekend joggers and serious racers, alike. Despite its compact size, the monitor has an accurate built-in GPS module. Strapped on one's 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 more effectiveness.
Comes with a powerful battery
The running monitor can operate for up to 12 hours on a full charge with GPS tracking on, which is definitely more than enough time for long-distance events, from full marathons to trail runs. The long battery life means the monitor will require less frequent recharging. So, for example, a runner who used it for five hours a week with GPS tracking on would not need to recharge the unit for a full two weeks. Epson's GPS running monitor is also quite lightweight – it tips the scales at no more than 50 grams, making it the world's lightest GPS-enabled monitor.
Ordinary GPS running watches are rated to meet the IPX7 immersion protection standard, which means they can be fully submerged in water no deeper than one meter for a maximum of 30 minutes. Epson's running monitor, however, is water resistant to 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. More information on this GPS monitor is available here.