WSD-F20 Development Story
09:15 STARTING OUT
Pass the shrine and advance to the trailhead.
When we start up the ACTIVITY app we are on the way!
Next we make our way past Tsukubasan Shrine and advance towards the trailhead. To our left is a sign directing us towards a cable car station, but today were are trekking on foot. We feel light-footed as we follow the trail leading to the summit. It being a weekday morning, we encounter few people at the trailhead. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, in total silence that is completely free of the sounds of daily life, the only thing awaiting our arrival is the mountain trail snaking through the trees.
From this point we rely on the watch's ACTIVITY app, which is an essential outdoor tools that displays a wide range of essential information. You can select from among five different activities: trekking, fishing, cycling, paddling, or snow. Today we select the Trekking option. You can start up the ACTIVITY app and use it as-is, but best results are achieved if you configure a few settings beforehand.
First, we calibrate the altitude. The WSD-F20 measures relative altitude so the values is displays are based on changes in barometric pressure. If we calibrate the altimeter to altitude information available locally at the trailhead, we will be able to get more accurate readings along the way.
Next, we input 877 meters, which is the height of Mt. Tsukuba, as the target altitude. This lets us keep track of our current altitude along the way, and lets us constantly have a value on hand that gives us an idea of how much further we need to climb.
Passing Tsukubasan Shrine on the way to the trailhead. A light gait and high spirits. Feeling great!
Altitude can be easily calibrated using touch operations. We set our current altitude at 270 meters in accordance with a guide map at the trailhead.
Another thing that is great to have on hand is MOMENT SETTER, which works in combination with ACTIVITY. You can configure a variety of different conditions for receiving notifications such as an hourly reminder to take a break, the remaining altitude value when you are within 100 meters of your goal, notification two hours before sunset, and more. These notifications come in handy whenever you are trekking.
For beginners, it's like having your own personal guide on hand. For veteran climbers it's like trekking along with a trusted companion.
KAYO OKADA: With the WSD-F10, you needed to configure settings using a phone, but now settings of a WSD-F20 or a WSD-F10 that has been updated to Wear OS by Google can be configured on the watch itself. You can also configure settings from the ACTIVITY screen on the watch for greater versatility. These two apps not only keep you informed about current conditions, they also let you know about information of interest about your surroundings and your progress towards your goal. In fact, they can probably provide you with useful information about a mountain, even if you are already climbed it a number of times.
After completing all of our preparations, we start up ACTIVITY and finally get started.
This is the app we used!
ACTIVITY is an app that uses GPS and sensors to measure and display information about your progress from the start to the end of an activity. Information on time, distance, altitude, your route, and more appears on the display, letting you check your current status at a glance. Information that is intuitive and difficult to grasp is presented as values or as visual images, which making easier to comprehend and use for planning what to do.
ACTIVITY display screens. Touch to start, and swipe to switch between information screens.
This is the app we used!
MOMENT SETTER is an app that works in conjunction with ACTIVITY to provide notifications of particular information at times specified by you. These notifications not only remind you to take a rest after a certain amount of time, they can also let you know when you reach a particular number of steps or calories burned goal, and to keep you informed of other useful information while on the go.
MOMENT SETTER setting screens. There are about 20 items on the trekking setting menu.