This is a shameless plug for a cool product that doesn't exist yet.
(I'm assuming it's OK to post this on SP because it's not yet for sale, or even in production. If I am mistaken, please let me know and I'll be happy to remove this blog post!)
I'm a fan of www.anothermotherrunner.
, and they blogged about this product, the Bia Sport, this week. The women behind it are trying to come to market through a Kickstarter campaign, and I, for one, hope they make raise the cash because I want to buy this thing, like yesterday!
Check it out - here's a snippet from the interview on the anothermotherrunner blog:
"Women need our own GPS watch for the same reason we need women-specific running shoes, running shorts (or skirts!) and bikes: Our bodies are sized and shaped different. Our style is different.
A lot of women hear “for women” and they immediately assume it’s another insulting “shrink it and pink it” dumbed down product. Why would we do that? This is a product Sylvia and I are going to use. More importantly, our friends are going to use it. That’s high stakes! We haven’t dumbed the product down. We’ve made it smarter.
What we heard repeatedly from the hundreds of women we talked to, was, “I love the data but I don’t have time for technology that gets in the way of my workout.” For women, getting technology out of the way includes the smaller size and lighter weight. But it also involves ease of use, which isn’t female specific.
No one wants to spend time futzing with their watch when they could be working out. So we did a few other really smart things, like:
One button instead of seven
Data automatically sent to your online training log without the need to “sync” it
GPS that connects quickly even on a cloudy day in the city.
Ability to track swimming.
The watch has a built-in safety alert system for peace of mind on solo workouts. If you feel threatened or are hurt, holding down the button for 3-seconds triggers an audible alarm and then automatically sends your location date to a loved one and emergency services so they know you need help."
So, if you're into it, consider becoming a Bia backer on Kickstarter! www.kickstarter.com/proj