TomTom Touch reveals just how fat you really are

by Edgar Hayes September 3, 2016, 3:57
TomTom Touch reveals just how fat you really are

For this, TomTom is using what's known as bioelectrical impedance analysis, which is what you'd typically find in off-the-shelf body composition devices.

Body composition provides a better understanding of fitness levels and how it changes over time. Compared to its predecessor, the third-generation Spark sports a route exploration feature, which lets you view your starting and current location and shows you the direction you're moving in.

The company also revealed its first TomTom GO satnav with built-in Wi-Fi to get rid of the need to connect to a PC for map and software updates, as well as Siri and Google Now™ integration, so you can keep your eyes on the road and not on your phone.

In addition to telling you how fat or muscly you are, the TomTom Touch offers 24/7 activity tracking and will log steps, active time, calories burned, distance walked and sleep time. Touch is meant to be worn 24/7 and has all the features you expect from a fitness tracker such as steps, sleep, heart-rate monitoring, calories burned, and it has modes for running, cycling, or gym.

TomTom Touch reveals just how fat you really are
TomTom Touch reveals just how fat you really are

This is the new model I am personally most interested in as it provides all of the features of the TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music along with a more rugged design and a barometer and compass. When using the music player, GPS, and the heart rate monitor, the watch will last about 5 hours, which is less than other GPS watches in this price range, but understandable given the additional power requirements.

Route Exploration allows runners to plan and upload up to 15 routes to their watch from TomTom MySports and platforms such as Strava, providing the freedom to explore new places. It's the kind of thing that could be especially helpful if you're exploring new trails or going for a run in a city that you're not familiar with. The Spark 3 Cardio + Music and Runner 3 Cardio + Music will launched in October for 249 euros. "Competitive products run hundreds of dollars more than the cost of this", said Melissa White Davis, vice president of marketing for TomTom North America. It also automatically detects your runs, in case you want to check out your max speed and more. Note that while there is a cycling mode, there's no form of tracking available for swimming. At $129-and available on September 8-it's $20 less expensive than the Charge 2, and the addition of body composition may be intriguing to some looking for more than just a heart rate measurement.

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