UK: Nike and TomTom are to release a sports watch with a touchscreen display and integrated GPS, available from April 2011 onwards, The Independent reports. The touchscreen display is intended to make it easy for runners to check their progress en-route, while TomTom’s GPS system can track and map each run.
The watch combines traditional timer features with personal bests and a nag feature to get runners pounding the ground, as well as a handy USB port that lets users upload run data to the Nike+ network for sharing and comparison.
It can also link up with a Nike+ Sensor attached to a running shoe, or a compatible heart-rate monitor for more detailed readouts.
The device was on display at January’s Consumer Electronics Show 2011 in Las Vegas, picking up honours in two Innovation Award categories. One was in the Personal Electronics category. The SportWatch’s other category was Health & Wellness.