Epson may be known more for its printers, but it’s now taking a stab at watches and not just any old timepiece—it’s debuting the world’s lightest GPS sports watch. Well, Epson is a subsidiary of Seiko, so it’s still not too far of a stretch.
This very first entry into the GPS watch market by Epson doesn’t have any catchy branding just yet, but it’s touted to be a running monitor that offers outstanding data accuracy, battery life, comfort, and water resistance. Due to the special low-power GPS module designed by Epson, the battery can operate with GPS tracking on for up to 12 hours after a full charge.
As for the lightness, the Epson watch is said to weigh just 50 grams or about less than two ounces. It’s only 13mm thick rubber monitor certainly helps lighten the load but also makes for an ultra compact sports watch. It’s expected to be released sometime in 2012, but in Japan with no mention of whether it would arrive in other markets yet.