With the expanding interest in both wrist top computing and integrated fitness watches it is of little surprise that CES would be host to some interesting new product announcements. Magellan, widely known for their handheld and in-car GPS solutions, launched their Switch and Switch Up series of fitness watches in a pre-CES press release this past Friday.
As you might imagine, the functionality of both the Switch and Switch UP watches hinges on their use of integrated GPS technology. The Switch is the entry range model and is intended for use with runners and offers a high resolution 1.26 inch display, eight hour battery life, 50 m water resistance and GPS connectivity. That connectivity will provide the Switch with distance, route and speed information which can be cross-referenced with caloric use or data from ANT+ systems like heart rate monitors, bicycle speed/cadence sensors and foot pods. The Switch UP series will build on the base model by adding a barometer, altimeter, thermometer, vibrating alarms and a “quick release mounting system to easily transition between sports”. This modular ability will allow the user to remove the main unit from their wrist and mount it on the handlebars of a bicycle.
The Switch line up also integrates an Activity Pacer which will track and manage fitness goals for the owner who can create up to nine different profiles depending on the sport or activity in which they are engaging. All of the data collected by the Switch or Switch Up can be uploaded (via USB) to Magellan’s website and can be used in a variety of soon-to-be-released web applications.
Launching this Spring the Switch series will cost between $249 and $349 USD depending on model and bundled accessories. Whether you’re a talented athlete or just looking for a good excuse to get out and on your feet, the Switch series seems like a rather complete solution for tracking your progress. For additional details, please see the original press release here.