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    Leikr GPS watch on Kickstarter

    Leikr: The new Danish designed GPS sports watch by The Leikr Team — Kickstarter

    This looks like a really nice GPS sportswatch and they say they plan to include a bike mount. Thoughts?

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    Bueller? Bueller?

    Okay, well no feedback here, but the more I looked at this, the more I liked it. Does all that I do on my Android with Endomondo and more, and in a much smaller package. I decided to kick in on this Kickstater campaign as it looks like a pretty damn good design idea and they plan to have a bike mount for it too. Right now in the testing phase, they have reached a water resistance rating of IPX6 and are going for IPX8 (full waterproof for swimming) by the time they release this summer. Here's some pictures of the product and some of their description, maybe that will help get a discussion going on this new product.


    What makes our watch cutting edge?

    Firstly it has the best feature set for running, biking and all other sports you might want to do: it has a snapping fast custom made GPS system (remember when you are out waiting for the GPS signal for minutes and all you friend are gone?), a big color display (2” full-face color display with 11% reflectivity index, protected under a virtually unbreakable gorilla glass layer), on board maps from OpenStreetMap (no one else does), wireless connectivity to the cloud (you can program your training wherever you are and sync it to your watch: all cables, dongles, SW agents…..gone!)

    Moreover, we have the ambition to cover your training from start to end, like no-one else does: from planning, to executing, to analyzing and sharing your workouts.

    Planning: workouts and programs can be downloaded to your watch from our portal: you just state to Leikr your fitness level and your goals and then our coaches will recommend appropriate workouts for you. Workouts and programs are then transferred to the watch that follows you during your training: we call it the “coach on your wrist function”.

    Executing: the big display shows simultaneously all of your parameters while you are training: pace, speed, heart rate, distance, elapsed time and calories. No need to choose what to monitor, you got it all at a glance.

    We track your routes on the maps and show you where you are, where you have been and where you are going, so you can adjust your training on the fly and make sure you always make it home.

    Analyzing and sharing: we integrate with Endomondo, the largest on line sports community, for analyzing your training and sharing it with your friends.

    Our devices are upgradable, that means that we will grow our devices with your ambitions, delivering more SW features over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerfromco View Post
    Leikr: The new Danish designed GPS sports watch by The Leikr Team — Kickstarter

    This looks like a really nice GPS sportswatch and they say they plan to include a bike mount. Thoughts?
    The 6 hr battery life is pretty limited
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    The 6 hr battery life is pretty limited
    I got this yesterday in a project update...

    What is the maximum battery life of the Leikr watch?

    According to our calculations, based on our HW design and device configuration (processor, display, GPS, battery) the theoretical limit for battery life of the Liekr watch is close to 24 hrs

    How do we plan to approach the limit?

    The power optimization is based on 'dynamic frequency control'. If high performance is needed for calculations and graphics the processor runs up to 500 MHz. When only data recording and minimal visual updates are needed the processor runs as low as 5 MHz. For idle time between receptions of GPS data and sensor data the processor can be put in to a sleep mode where only the real time clock is running at a modest 32KHz

    What is the strategy to get there?

    We will enhance the Power optimization schemes over time through our SW updates. There is no need for any hardware updates, therefore the current Leikr watches should be able to reach the target battery life

    Where are we now?

    In the current test SW we have implemented just the initial power saving schemes and have more work to do with the dynamic frequency control parameters to improve the overall battery life going forward

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerfromco View Post
    I got this yesterday in a project update...

    What is the maximum battery life of the Leikr watch?

    According to our calculations, based on our HW design and device configuration (processor, display, GPS, battery) the theoretical limit for battery life of the Liekr watch is close to 24 hrs

    How do we plan to approach the limit?

    The power optimization is based on 'dynamic frequency control'. If high performance is needed for calculations and graphics the processor runs up to 500 MHz. When only data recording and minimal visual updates are needed the processor runs as low as 5 MHz. For idle time between receptions of GPS data and sensor data the processor can be put in to a sleep mode where only the real time clock is running at a modest 32KHz

    What is the strategy to get there?

    We will enhance the Power optimization schemes over time through our SW updates. There is no need for any hardware updates, therefore the current Leikr watches should be able to reach the target battery life

    Where are we now?

    In the current test SW we have implemented just the initial power saving schemes and have more work to do with the dynamic frequency control parameters to improve the overall battery life going forward
    Odd since the specs on KS say 6hrs. That is a huge jump in such a tiny package.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Odd since the specs on KS say 6hrs. That is a huge jump in such a tiny package.
    Yeah, I'm a bit confused by the update. On the KS page, they say that they plan to have at least 6 hrs by release. In the update, they talk about the "theoretical max" of 24 hrs and talk about ways to get more battery life by limiting processor consumption during certain activities and state that the improvements can be made with software updates rather then hardware changes. Then at the end seem to imply the goal is 24 hrs, but I think that might be more of a language barrier issue than actual stated intent.

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    Does sound like a very nice piece if it works.

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    Theoretical limits don't really mean much. In most product lit situations, battery life statements are given outside of actual use scenarios. Real life battery life winds up being much less.

    Take the Garmin fenix for example. Product lit says as much as 60hrs of batt life with gps tracking on but I haven't seen anyone saying they have managed that much and how they've done it yet.

    Still, the battery life of this device is still a long way off of current watch devices. You run into limits when you want a big, vibrant screen and light weight. Battery life is one of them.

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