Looking to get fit in 2015, possibly by exploring new places and making holes in those new walking or running shoes? Garmin looks to have you covered with a slate of wearables on the way.
In 2015, expect to see a pretty strong investment in wearables from Garmin, a brand that has already shown a particularly strong force for people who love to track what they do in and out of the gym, as well as where they’re traveling to in a car.
This year, Garmin will even merge the two areas, culminating in a smartwatch called the Garmin Epix, a 1.4 inch square touchscreen wearable with a GPS built inside and hands-free navigation, showing where you are, where you need to go, and relying on an omni-directional steel antenna to make the GPS with GLONASS support get a lock on where you are quickly.
Epix will be rugged, supporting up to 50 metres of water resistance, and include 8GB of storage inside, and while it will come with maps, it will be able to have other maps downloaded inside, making it possible to bring the car style of GPS everywhere you go, with navigation from your wrist, as well as sensors to monitor barometric pressure to tell you if the weather is about to change.
GPS navigation is only one part of the watch, as there will be support for tracking walking, running, cycling, and other activities, with Garmin’s Epix able to track distance travelled, speed, calories, pace, and can even be paired with a heart rate monitor to handle that, too.
Smartphones will talk to the watch, too, to make sure you know if you’re receiving a phone call, email, or SMS notification, handling the message or call on the watch.
It won’t be cheap, that said, but it is one of the few gadgets announced at CES that already has an Australian RRP, with the Garmin Epix expected to land in the next few months for a recommended retail price of $739.
Joining it will be another smartwatch, though this one more about movement and activity tracking, and without the navigational GPS.
This will be the Garmin VivoActive, a GPS-equipped smartwatch that won’t tell you how to get to point A, B, or C, but will tell you where you were running that morning.
We’re told it’s water-resistant to 50 metres, and will even work with swimmers to measure laps and distance, while workout on-ground will track steps, calories lost, and distance travelled, even showing how much weight you’re losing when you’re not doing much at all, like sitting behind a desk and working on an article (hey, that’s us!).
Like the Epix, you can expect some connectivity to a smartphone, with call information, email alerts, and text notifications, as well as some social media tracking and music controls, though this will be a Garmin operating system, from what we understand, and while it will have app support, it will be through Garmin’s Connect IQ platform.
Pricing on this one will come in at $339 without a heart-rate monitor, and $399 with heart-rate technology, and it will be available in the next couple of months in black and white.
And if you don’t need fitness tracking in a watch, and much prefer the whole wearable smart-band concept that is making its way out into the world, Garmin will even have a new version of the Vivofit out shortly.