NEW YORK –
Home and car audio supplier Pyle is entering the sports accessories market with a line of sports watches with built-in fitness monitoring capabilities.
At the top of the line, Pyle is shipping a GPS sports watch that comes with a 2.4GHz digitally coded wireless heart-rate monitor chest strap to help fitness enthusiasts track and analyze workout data.
The GPS watch combines personal training and navigation functions and can be customized for various outdoor activities, including jogging, running, biking, hiking, skiing, sailing, hunting and more.
The watch has four main function modes: Compass, Time, Navigation and Workout. Workout mode, which works together with the navigation mode, records and displays a user’s current performance, including speed, distance traveled, coordinates, workout duration, heart rate, calories burned and other useful data.
Compass mode can tell users the direction of an object or location from a certain point in the 16 most commonly used forms of cardinal direction. Direction can be specified in azimuth as well, which communicates via angles between north and the desired object or location.
In addition, the GPS watch can monitor four target heart-rate zones, including health, fat burn, aerobics and user, and offers audio alerts to inform users when they are above, in or below their preferred zone.
The HRM chest strap features a conductive contact pad to retrieve heart-rate stats and the adjustable elastic band keeps the monitor in place during workout routines. Once the strap and the watch are successfully paired, the heart-rate data will automatically be transmitted to the watch display.
Water resistant up to 30 meters under water, the GPS sports watch comes with a built-in rechargeable lithiumpolymer battery. The included GPS Master software and the USB cable, which can also charge the device, assist users with their workout analysis, route planning and training summary reports, to offer a detailed post-workout breakdown. Users can also monitor battery life and available memory.
Pyle’s GPS sports watch and heart-rate monitor (model PSWGP405) is currently available in black with either blue or black accents for a retail price of $138 at
. Apps are available at no cost from Apple’s App Store.
Other watches in the line include the PSWMR40 Marathon Runner watch for men, which features a dual-display chronograph, up to 150 lap memories, target time setting for up to 50 laps and an audible alert when target time has been exceeded, as well as four operation modes: Linked Timer, Repeat Timer, Singer Timer and Count Up Timer. It is water resistant to 100 feet and retails for $44.99.
Pyle’s PHRM38 heart-rate monitor and watch, available in black, silver, pink or green, and the PHRM36, available in orange, display minimum, maximum and average heart rates along with target fitness zones. Both models retail for $29.99, and come with a built-in calorie counter, stop watch, daily alarm and an energy-saving mode. They are water resistant up to 33 feet.
Pyle’s PHRTMW1 digital sports watch and heart-rate monitor adds an audible alarm to alert users of specified target heart-rate zones and minimum and maximum heart rates. It retails for $34.99.