A new multisport watch called Wahoo Elemnt Rival is on the way.
Wahoo Fitness is a tech-fitness company based in Atlanta, Georgia. It specializes in indoor bike trainers, GPS bike computers, heart rate monitors, apps, and sensors for cyclists and runners. This is one of a only a handful of companies right now competing closely with Garmin on the bike computer front. If the new FCC filing is anything to go by, it looks like Wahoo may soon offer competition on the sports-watch front, too.
The FCC filing was first leaked on Reddit a few months ago. An FCC filing is a certification mark employed on electronic products manufactured or sold in the United States which confirms that the electromagnetic interference from the device is under limits approved by the Federal Communications Commission. This is a mandatory pass for any electronic equipment with a Bluetooth connection.
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The technical documents are confidential until tomorrow (22nd of May), which led some to speculate the watch would be announced this month. It is now rumored that the release date has been pushed back to October.
The filing is titled “WF119 ELEMNT Rival (multisport gps heart rate watch)”. So expect GPS, Bluetooth Smart, Ant+, a built-in heart rate sensor and the ability to track multiple sports. The display will be completely round as can be see on the one photo. Unfortunately, apart from what can be gleaned from the name and the one pic, not much reliable information is available.
This will be Wahoo’s first step into the GPS sports-watch space. If the company’s other products are anything to go by, the timepiece should offer some solid competition to the likes of Garmin, Polar and Suunto. And this is a good thing. More competition often leads to lower prices for consumers!
Source: Active JR, GPS Rumours, Monte Cardio GPS
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