TomTom "Spark" Packs Everything You Need to Run Into a Watch

By James O Malley on at

GPS maker TomTom wants you to get out of your car and get running, as the company has announced that it is making more fitness tracking watches.

The TomTom Spark range combines a watch, activity tracker, heartbeat monitor, music player and GPS all on your wrist. The idea is that you can leave your phone at home and go for a run with simply the watch and a pair of bluetooth headphones for company.

Runners can use the companion app to upload their stats from the watch to a number of major fitness platforms including RunKeeper and Nike+. The on-board GPS is used to ensure the data is as accurate as possible. Apparently the watches are capable of tracking different types of activity including running (both on a treadmill and outdoors), lap swimming, and cycling.

Music-wise, the device has 3GB of on-board storage, and playlists from both iTunes and Windows Media Player can apparently be copied across (we're assuming this is via USB connected to a computer rather than your phone).

In a nice promotional wheeze, TomTom will also be including a "Running Trax" playlist with the device, which is a collection of up-tempo tracks to help you run, which has been curated by the Ministry of Sound.

There will be a number of different models available when the range launches fully on October 15th - all of which will have subtly different functionality:

  • TomTom Spark GPS Fitness Watch
  • TomTom Spark Cardio GPS Fitness Watch
  • TomTom Spark Music GPS Fitness Watch
  • TomTom Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch
  • TomTom Spark Music GPS Fitness Watch + Bluetooth® Headphones
  • TomTom Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch + Bluetooth® Headphones

Whilst the press release doesn't spell it out, because of the technology involved we can presume that only the models with "Cardio" in the name will have the heartbeat sensor, and only the ones with "Music" in the name will, umm, play music.

Pricing for each has yet to be unveiled in detail, but TomTom has said that the Spark Cardio+Music is available for pre-order from today for early release on 1st October and costs £189.99.