Developed with Seiko by a team that includes former Nokia product designers and Fabian Cancellara as an advisor, the Omata One analog cycling computer blends the best of what’s new with a classic interface. Much like driving a classic car or a desirable watch, there is something satisfying about a beautifully designed analog gauge. If you’ve ever looked down at your digital cycling computer and wished for something a little more along those lines, you may want to check out the new Omata One.
The GPS, ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 equipped head unit captures all of the important data to fill in your Strava profile, but only displays speed, distance, ascent and ride time. All of the data is shown through analog needles on its watch-like face, keeping it simple to read at a quick glance…
The concept behind the Omata One is simple – provide everything you need during the ride in an easy to read analog format. That means you’ll have access to your current speed, distance traveled, total ascent, and of course, time.
The face is available in your choice of miles/miles-per-hour or kilometers/km-per-hour, and your choice of gray or white. The larger red needle shows your speed on the larger numerals inset from the smaller numbers that show cumulative distance via the thinner needle. Contrasting colors should make everything easily legible at a quick glance.
Worried about your KOMs? Don’t be – the One also includes a 72 channel GPS engine that will record your ride just like any other GPS unit. The difference is that it doesn’t include any of the onboard GPS features you’ll find on other cycling computers. If speed, distance, ascent, and time are the only things you really care about on your ride, then you’ll find nothing missing from the One.
The secret is in the digital GPS mechanism co-developed with Seiko which converts the GPS data into precision analog movement with a high degree of accuracy. Listed specs have it adding 97g to the total weight of your bike while the rechargeable battery should give you around 24 hours of continuous use.
The Omata One launched on Kickstarter today, with delivery anticipated for February 2017. Pricing starts at $500 for a single GPS unit, and quantities are limited and already selling fast, so act quickly if you want to get in on this first production run.