HTC’s Grip Wristband Helps Outdoor Runners With Built-In GPS

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If you’re a outdoor runner, and you still haven’t bought a wearable wristband to track your fitness goals, you might want to consider HTC’s first wearable device—the Grip.

The HTC Grip was made in partnership with Under Armour and uses Under Armour’s UA Record software to track workouts. The device includes five different sensors including a compass, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, and light sensor for logging data, but the most helpful for runners is likely going to be the built-in GPS. When the GPS is enabled, runners can track their route, distance, pace and calories burned, and it syncs with the cloud in real time.

The device doesn’t have a heart-rate monitor built-in, but it can connect to third-party heart-rate monitors.

The Grip looks oddly similar to Nike’s now-defunct FuelBand series, and we’d bet that it will assume the same place in the fitness and fashion world. It’s certainly not the most exact fitness-measuring tool out there, but it does look pretty cool. The fitness band comes in three different sizes and two colors (Deep Teal and Black). It will be available in the spring for $199.