Watch tracks heart rate with no strap
Typically, when you buy sports watch that can monitor your heart rate, you have to wear a chest strap with it. TomTom has announced a new GPS sports watch called the Runner Cardio that is able to monitor your heart rate without a strap.
The watch uses a Mio sensor that uses light to monitor changes in blood flow and get your heart rate. The watch lets the user set heart rate zones with different areas for different workouts. The watch has a big display that is easy to read.
Controls for functions require only one button and the watch is slim and comfortable to wear. The TomTom Runner Cardio watch is available for 269 euros. A version of the watch designed for use in multiple sports is 299 euros.
Other features include a long battery life and QuickGPSFix technology. The watch data can be downloaded into different apps and websites. TomTom made the watch weather and water resistant as well able to survive depths of 165 feet. The step counter will work outdoors and indoors on a treadmill.
“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.”