16 May 2016 — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced vívosmart HR+, an activity tracker1 with wrist-based heart rate plus GPS. The vívosmart HR+ adds new features to the company’s popular vívosmart activity tracker product line including GPS, running metrics and Garmin Move IQ™ auto activity detection. With Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology the vívosmart HR+ provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring. It also tracks steps, distance, calories, floors climbed and activity intensity. It features an always-on, sunlight-readable display and water rating of 5 ATM, so it’s swim and shower safe.
The exciting addition of GPS to the vívosmart line allows users to even more accurately track how fast, how far and where, no matter what their outdoor activity. Additional running features include personal records, virtual pacer, Auto Pause®, Auto Lap® and walk/run mode. Using Elevate wrist heart rate technology, vívosmart HR+ monitors heart rate at the wrist and quantifies the intensity of users’ fitness activities using intensity minutes. This feature helps users monitor their progress against activity goals recommended by leading health organisations.
The vívosmart HR+ also includes Garmin Move IQ, a feature that continuously monitors for periods of sustained activity. It automatically recognises walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical training so users can easily review their full day of activity in a convenient timeline view on Garmin Connect™.
Smart notifications and vibration alerts allow users to easily stay connected with family and friends. Incoming calls, texts, emails, social, calendar reminders, and any other notification from a compatible smartphone are displayed on the sunlight-readable screen. Other connected features allow users to control music on their smartphone and find their phone when they’ve misplaced it.
Throughout the day, the vívosmart HR+ automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect Mobile app to save users stats. In Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community, users can track workouts, sleep patterns and trends, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges. They can also view Garmin Connect Insights, smart wellness insights personalised to each user that provide cues to help them reach goals, shout-outs when milestones have been met and relevant healthy tips from experts. Insights also show users how they are doing in comparison to people like them for extra motivation.
The vívosmart HR+ has up to five days’ battery life in watch/activity tracking mode (with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS) or up to eight hours using GPS. It has a suggested retail price of £169.99 and is available in regular size black/shark fin gray, imperial purple/kona purple and midnight blue/bolt blue; and an extra-large black/shark fin gray band.
The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, or follow us at facebook.com/garminuk, twitter.com/garminuk, or youtube.com/garminuk.