Epson Pulsense – Activity Trackers with Heart Rate Monitor

Adie Blanchard | 2014-08-18 04:54:55

Epson, known for their printers, are now joining the wearable tech market with the developments of two wearable devices.

The Pulsense fitness watches allow wearers to track their activity including steps taken and calories burned, as well as sleep quality. However Pulsense has also been designed to track heart rate in real time, using bio sensing technology, something which many trackers are yet to offer. This enables continuous heart rate detection from the user’s wrist, especially valuable for monitoring heart rate zones during activity.

There are two Pulsense devices in development, the PS0-500 Pulsense Watch and the PS-100 Pulsense Band. The watch presents real time data clearly on a digital watch display, whilst the band uses a simplified LED display, giving consumers a choice in their preferred design. The watch is much bulkier and looks cheap compared to the band despite its higher price, as has a lot of surrounding plastic for a small screen. However the watch may be favoured by who want a clear display of their metrics rather than determining them from LED indicators.

The Pulsense devices can be used with a smartphone, tablet or PC, where data is synced via Bluetooth to set goals and monitor progress over time. Pulsense is still in development and is expected to be released in September. The watch and band can currently be preordered online at $199 (~£120) and $129 (~£76), respectively.

Adie Blanchard – Researcher