TomTom has lifted the lid off of its first ever fitness wearable this morning at the IFA consumer technology show in Berlin.
This is a bold move as there is no shortage of fitness trackers these days. The fight for your wrist space is intensifying and we’ve seen many product launches this year. What we haven’t seen, though, is something truly innovative.
The Dutch company is trying to change this with its new device. In addition to monitor your activity, the TomTom Touch Fitness tracker analyzes your body composition. It is said to be able to detail your body fat and muscle percentage from the wrist, as well as count the number of calories you burn throughout the day.
Now, while this does sound impressive, we can’t help being a bit sceptical.
Body fat and muscle percentage is something that has become a standard offering of any self-respecting smart scale. This is accomplished this by sending a low electrical current through one foot and reading the current with a sensor under the other foot. The current passes through fat more slowly and the scale calculates the amount of resistance to come up with a body fat percentage.
The accuracy of these body fat measurements should be taken with a grain of salt, though, as they can be inconsistent and innacurate at the best of times. TomTom uses pretty much the same technology. To get the measurement, a wearer needs to press a button with the index finger of the opposite hand to send a current through the body.
If scales are having issues in coming up with precise measurements, we don’t see how a wrist based fitness tracker can do a better job. But perhaps we are wrong, so will reserve judgement until we have a chance to actually test the device.
In terms of activity, the fitness tracker captures steps, active time, calories burned, distance walked, and sleep time. There is also a heart rate sensor which will monitor your ticker at regular intervals throughout the day.
The wearable features a slim and discreet design. Information can be displayed, and swiped through, on a touchscreen, or via the TomTom MySports app. You can also display incoming call and text notifications on your wrist.
TomTom Touch Fitness tracker is said to have a seven day battery life and is rated splash-proof. The wearable will hit the stores in October and will retail for $130.
In the meantime, you can check out the official product video.
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