Epson has officially unveiled its first range of fitness trackers, starting with the Epson Pulsense range.
The Pulsense range is made up of two wearables, both kitted out with heart rate activity monitors – the Pulsense PS-100 and Pulsense PS-500.
“Pulsense marks a new chapter in Epson’s history of pioneering new technology,” said Simon Hanley, Product Manager at Epson UK. “Since we first began developing optical heart rate sensing products in Japan, we have been able to refine and minimise the technology to create a range of products that can outperform and offer more benefits than those currently on the market.”
The Pulsense wearables were also launched alongside the Epson Runsense range, which is made up of four GPS sports watches and the top model also has a heart rate model.
Epson Pulsense Features
Both Epson Pulsense models come with an optical heart rate sensor and an accelerometer to accurately monitor heart rate and other health metrics like calories burnt, sleep patterns and your activity levels.
The connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 LE to the Pulsense View app that lets you review and track your progression. You can even input your calorie consumption and your personal information like height, weight and age to create a more personalised and helpful experience.
The Pulsense PS-100 has a simplified LED display, a bit like the Nike FuelBand SE. It weighs just 31g making it easy to wear while exercising. If you want a little more information on your wrist, you can opt for the PS-500. That comes with an LCD display indicating your heart rate, number of steps taken and the caloris you’ve burnt. The data and time is always displayed too.
As it’s connected to your phone, you can get smartphone notifications as well on both Pulsense models.
The Epson Pulsense PS-100 is the cheaper model at £129.99 and is available in turquoise and black. The PS-500 is a little more expensive at £169.99 and only comes in black. You will be able to buy both later this month.
Epson Runsense Features
The Epson Runsense range is made up of four GPS sports watches, with the top end Runsense SF-810 arriving in November with a heart rate monitor built-in as well.
The three others come with new Runsense GPS technology that aims to give you more accurate running data even where there’s no GPS signal present. Each is kitted out with a smart stride sensor to measure your stride length and pitch and to learn your running style.
Each Runsense watch features four customisable screens that can offer up to 35 different measurements, including your pace, laps taken, speed and the calories you’ve burnt.
Each watch connects via Bluetooth to the Runsense View portal and the Run Connect app on your smartphone. The Runsense SF-310 is the entry level model, then there’s the SF-510 with its tap and smart stride sensor technology. The SF-710 is the most customisable and has the most features. All three are available from later this month.
The high end Runsense SF-810 won’t be available until November, but it offers built-in optical heart rate sensor technology. It is priced at £299.99.
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