Sunday, March 18, 2012

Epson Steps from Printers to GPS

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Epson America, long known for their inkjet printers has firmly stepped away from printing and into the world of GPS with the launch of several new trackers runners. And, as if intent to banish the thought of printers from the mind, Epson has created an entirely new brand dubbed “Epson Active” which is host to several new and existing Epson fitness and wearable devices including the Pulsense fitness tracker, which was released last year.

Most recently, at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show last week, Epson America debuted their newest Runsense GPS Sports monitors which are designed for runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts. The device has been optimized primarily for runners and is designed to help serious enthusiasts measure their strides and pace. However, it also can measure a range of different measurements including continuous heart rate, time elapsed, distance, pace, laps, intervals, speed, calories burned and many more directly from the wrist without requiring an uncomfortable chest strap.

Runsense watches will be available in three different models with printer-like names: SF-510, SF-710 and SF-810. The devics will range in price from $249.99 – $349.99 and are expected to be available sometime in the second quarter of this year.

In addition to the announcement of the Runsense watches, Epson also said that they will be bringing over their M-Tracer golf analysis device from Japan. I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about that, however, as the device doesn’t look like the sort of thing that a layman or casual user could really gain much use from. From what is sounds like, it clips to the golf club to measure the angle, speed and path of a swing as well as other data–but doesn’t really do much other than spit out numbers. Unless you have a dedicated golf trainer to make sense of it, I’m not really sure how much help it would be. But then again, I’m not a golfer.

You can read more about both devices here.


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