If you haven’t noticed by now, the theme for this year’s IFA wearables is heart rate. Just about every company that has released a product in the last 48 hours has slapped a heart rate monitor on it. From Garmin’s entry level Forerunner 35 to smart watchers like the Samsung Gear S3. Even analog watches like Withings Steel HR are not spared. Well you can take heart that TomTom has up the ante by further including body composition analysis in their newest fitness tracker band; the TomTom Touch. ($129.99)
The TomTom Touch is first and foremost an all day activity tracker that counts steps, calories and all day heart rate. It will also track your workouts with heart rate and provide some form of smart notifications. Of course the key feature here is really the estimation of body composition using bio impedance analysis. (BIA) Basically the fitness band sends a minute current through your body and measures the resistance, thus the word impedance.
Many factors can disrupt the readings but if used as a general guide over time, provided readings are taken consistently, it should provide the progress of your workout in terms of body composition changes.
The tracked stats are then synced to TomTom MySports mobile app for viewing and analysis.
List of features of the TomTom Touch:
- All day activity tracker. Counts steps, calories, distance, active time, and measures sleep
- In device optical heart rate sensors measure all day heart rate and heart rate during exercise
- Touch screen display
- Smart notifications
- Body composition estimation with BIA technology
- Changeable wrist straps
The TomTom Touch will be available from October 2016 onward at the recommended price of $129.
Much of the wearable tech appears to be focused on assessing the quality of the workout (heart rate) or the quality of the outcome. (body composition through BIA scales and bands) Either way, it’s good because consumers are provided the tools and information to make more sense of their health on top of traditional readings such as BMI.