Epson has today announced that its Runsense GPS watches can now be used with Strava – the premier global online community for athletes, to share and compare their GPS-tracked activities with athletes around the world.
Strava has become one of the most popular websites and apps that use GPS data to enable athletes to track and analyse their routes. Runners, who own one of Epson’s GPS watches, will be able to use the platform to gain insights into their training, while comparing their performance against and competing with other Strava users for virtual trophies.
Epson has been at the forefront of GPS technology for the past 30 years, building sensors that have been used in a wide variety of devices, including Seiko’s Astron, the world’s first GPS solar watch. Last year, the company took its first steps into the sports market when it launched Runsense – sports watches that feature advanced GPS technology.
Runsense devices track real time information including time, distance, pace, speed, and calories burnt during an activity, with the top-of-the-range SF-810 one of the few monitors on the market that also features a built-in optical heart rate monitor.
Simon Hanly, product manager at Epson UK, commented: “We’re delighted that our customers will now be able to automatically sync their data with the hugely popular Strava platform. Our hardware captures a plethora of highly accurate data and by teaming up with leading networks, like Strava, we can offer runners a fantastic proposition that will allow them to monitor their training, while comparing themselves against a global community of athletes and setting challenges to keep themselves motivated.”
David Lorsch, VP Strategy and Business Development at Strava, added: “Epson is one of the world’s leading technology brands and we are excited to partner with a company that has such a rich heritage in GPS technology. Runners want to get the best quality data possible during and after their workouts. Using the data from the Runsense devices with the Strava platform will give athletes the information they need to improve their performances, while offering motivation to help them reach their goals.”
In addition to the Runsense devices, Epson’s Pulsense heart rate and activity trackers can also be synced to Strava, allowing users to retrieve heart rate data without the need of wearing an uncomfortable chest strap.
To find out more about Epson’s range of Runsense and Pulsense devices, please visit www.epson.co.uk/wearables