A group of ex-Nokia engineers is looking to build their own take on the GPS-powered smartwatch through a just-launched Kickstarter project.
With the rise of smartphones, consumers are enjoying the advanced features of running apps such as Nike+, why should this experience only be available to those of you willing to run around with your smartphone strapped to your arms? The Leikr team’s vision is to create a watch that has this advanced functionality built in. By doing this Leikr hope to capitalise on the increasingly data hungry sports market. Consumers are continually looking for more digital measurements, benchmarks, goals and rewards which exercising.
The watch, dubbed the Leikr GPS Sportswatch, will feature a 2-inch, 320 x 240 color screen with Gorilla Glass on the front plus built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth; it can also hold up to 8GB of OpenStreetMap data. The watch is aimed at athletes who need less bulky and faster products — the watch’s custom-built GPS system supposedly able to lock onto a signal much faster than competing products.
The watch will also feature downloadable workouts from the Leikr team, and users will be able to upload their workout data to the online fitness community Endomondo with the press of a button. When you’re not viewing the GPS screen, the Leikr displays tracking data like time, distance, speed, pace, and calories burned. Overall, the design and functionality of the watch was inspired by what athletes told the Leikr team and was executed by applying what the engineers learned from their time developing mobile phones.
As for when you can get your hands on one, Leikr is saying that they’ll be available this June. Interested backers can reserve a watch for $279.