TomTom is joining the smart watch market with two GPS watch devices that double as a heart rate monitor. The newly announced Runner Cardio and Multi-Sport Cardio both build on top of the original Runner watch by combining position-based exercise tracking with an integrated optical heart rate sensor. In that sense, these watches allow users to train based on intensity, ranging from low-tempo warm-ups to full-on sprints, all while seeing how different intensity of an exercise “affects” their heart rate.
Both the TomTom Runner Cardio and Multi-Sport Cardio are now available for pre-order. In the UK they cost £250 and £280, while their US prices are $269 and $299, respectively.
TomTom launches Runner Cardio GPS sport watch with built-in Heart Rate Monitor
TomTom Runner Cardio is the easiest way to improve performance
Amsterdam, 2 April 2014 – TomTom today launches the Runner Cardio GPS sport watch with cutting-edge heart rate technology. The Runner Cardio has a built-in Heart Rate Monitor, eliminating the need for a separate chest strap.
The Runner Cardio makes it easy to train in the optimal heart rate zone. Runners can select one of five intensity zones to match their training goals and will receive alerts to know whether they need to speed up or slow down. Runners can see real-time heart rate, distance, pace and other essential running information at a glance, while running.
“Once again, TomTom is making innovative technology accessible to everyone,” says Corinne Vigreux, managing director, TomTom Consumer. “We know that heart rate monitoring is the single most accurate way to understand how the body is responding to exercise. Now, with the launch of the Runner Cardio, all runners can easily use heart rate training to improve their performance.”
The Runner Cardio accurately measures heart rate with a Mio optical sensor, which monitors changes in blood flow by shining light through the skin.
The TomTom Runner Cardio is available to order from www.tomtom.com/sports for 269 euros. There is also a Multi-Sport Cardio sport watch available for 299 euros.