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Running Watch Recharges Through Taps

Ostensibly to assist people trying to keep fit through running, the Gaiam Zone Tracker from Oregon Scientific will hit the market "soon", retailing for $110. The watch, aside from keeping time, also tracks heart rate and workout time—three modes the user can switch through by simply tapping the watch's face. This control scheme should prove easy for wearer bobbing up and down on the treadmill.

The Gaiam comes with its own chest belt for sharing data with exercise machines. An EL backlight also facilitates reading in low-light conditions. From all appearances, the Gaiam looks like your typical digital watch with a plastic strap, but Oregon hopes its fitness-oriented features makes it appealing for busybodies.

Oregon Scientific