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Shaan Stevens -Now Trending: High-Tech Timepieces
tyle and high-tech have overtaken what once was the simple wristwatch -- a leather band with two hands and a sweep second hand with maybe a date indicator.
The current state of instant access and digital data has changed that and now there is a wealth of performance technology atop your wrist as you bike, ski, hike, run, scuba dive or power walk.
Exact yardage to the back of the green? No worries. Need to count calories or calculate the distance you've walked during your round of golf? Done. All encased in a package that aims to be both functional and stylish.
If the late Timex spokesman John Cameron Swayze could update his popular "take a licking but keep on ticking," he'd be stunned by the range of capabilities, durability and styles.
Combining the aesthetics and functionality of watches with sport-specific computers to help athletes improve performance is big business. And consumer demand for this technology is driving watch manufacturers to innovate.
In the world of recreation and fitness timepieces, options range from simple to complex and this applies equally to design and features that measure activity.
This goes well beyond dates, alarm reminders and leather bands. It could be an "ABC" watch that includes an altimeter, barometer and compass or one for a diver that requires waterproof illumination 100 meters down in a dark sea.
There are plenty of options in fitness watches, with one of the most popular functions being a measure of heart rate during exercise. Traditionally, that has required chest straps (which is still the most accurate way to monitor the heart), but manufacturers such as Sportline are looking beyond the strap.
Sportline's Any-Touch Technology, for example, uses sensors that detect and read the electrical signals your heart emits. A touch of the finger displays EKG-accurate readings in seconds. It also allows you to count your steps and calories burned and reco