Epson’s Runsense GPS sports monitor with built-in optical heart rate sensor technology available now

Ditch the chest strap and run for longer with the SF-810

Epson’s Runsense GPS sports monitor with built-in optical heart rate sensor technology available now

Epson’s Runsense SF-810, the latest product in its range of Runsense sport monitors, is now available to buy. The exciting new model uniquely combines a GPS tracker, Smart Stride sensor and heart rate sensor, allowing users to benefit and learn more from every run.

Incorporating a wealth of technological expertise the product has a built-in, Epson-developed, optical sensor to measure the user’s heart rate directly from the wrist. This removes the inconvenience of needing a potentially uncomfortable chest strap to monitor pulse rate while exercising. By using its own technology, Epson has created a highly energy efficient device that is capable of active GPS tracking and heart rate measuring for up to 20 hours without recharging – more than two times longer than comparable products1.

The SF-810 also features Epson’s intelligent smart stride sensor that precisely measures stride length and pitch while also learning an individual’s running technique. If the GPS signal is lost during exercise, this technology is used to replace the missing data, continuing to track accurate pace and distance measurements.

Epson’s Runsense ambassador in the UK, physical activity expert Professor Greg Whyte says: “The Runsense product range offers a solution for runners of all abilities and I will be recommending them to the people I work with and train. The devices track GPS better than any competitor product I’ve used and the stride-length feature is particularly useful when training to improve performance and running time. I think it’s great that Epson has introduced its technological expertise in to such a competitive and exciting market and the latest addition of the Runsense SF-810 is evidence of its commitment to the market.”

The device is suitable for monitoring running, cycling and walking, and can also be used at the gym with the indoor mode. It has four customisable screens that can provide more than 35 different measurements, including time elapsed, distance, pace, laps, intervals, speed, calories burned and many more, while powerful training modes help athletes achieve better results.

Interval training allows users to set a series of sprint and recovery sequences to help develop better speed and endurance. For those looking to achieve their personal best, the device can be programmed to set a time or distance target and will estimate your finishing time or distance based on the set target. Pace can be managed accurately as Runsense will alert you when you fall outside your chosen pace window, while the in-built heart rate monitor means that runners can train within their heart rate zones to maximise training efficiency.

Users can log into Epson’s Runsense View portal and download their workouts to monitor, analyse, compare and even share stats to maximise your potential. The free Run Connect app2 can also be used to upload and review data, plus saving and sending settings making customisation very easy*. The app also enables AGPS (Assisted GPS) to download GPS satellite data directly to the device for faster initial GPS connection.  

Simon Hanly, product manager at Epson UK commented: “We are delighted to reveal our plans for the Runsense SF-810 – a sports monitor that provides GPS and heart rate monitoring, with advanced training support. We have successfully integrated our optical sensor, used in our new Pulsense products, so that athletes don’t need to wear a chest strap to monitor their heart rate during exercise, while we have maintained a battery life significantly longer than competitor products. We truly believe that this new device will set a new standard for GPS sports monitors.”

The Runsense SF-810 is now available to purchase, priced at £299.99.

Features

  • Built-in optical heart rate monitor       
  • Smart stride sensor - learns individual techniques to calibrate stride length – if GPS signal is lost, this will still provide accurate distance measurement
  • Long battery life of 20 hours ( With GPS and HR sensors on)
  • Accurate Epson GPS sensor
  • Compact lightweight design
  • Analyse and evaluate runs with the Epson Runsense View portal
  • Smart phone app for simple product set up and fast GPS connection
  • Highly customisable screens – easily cycle through four screens with up to three measurements on each
  • Pace, Interval, Lap, Run, Cycle and Walk modes
  • Set distance or time goals to receive respective time or distance estimates depending on real-time progress
  • Assignable tap function to switch screens, turn on light or set laps
  • Vibration alert
  • Water resistant to 5 atm
  • Indoor Mode
  • Store up to 400 laps of information without needing to sync
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connection to smart devices
  • Connection to PC via USB

1 Compared to TomTom Multisport Cardio, Adidas Micoach Smart Run and Soleus Pulse. Manufacturer websites checked on 21/10/2014.

2 Downloadable from App Store and Google Play