Garmin Moves Forward in Connected Health & Fitness

Garmin Moves Forward in Connected Health & Fitness
Garmin yesterday announced a couple new products that brings the company deeper into health and fitness.

The first is the Index Smart Scale. A connected scale with metrics that matter, the Index Smart Scale is another tool that will help Garmin users pursue their health and fitness goals. In addition to weight, it measures body mass index, body fat percentage, water percentage, muscle mass and bone mass. Designed for multiple users, this smart scale has a simple interface and automatically uploads measurements over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or ANT+ to the online platform Garmin Connect. The scale costs $149 (€149 in Europe).

The company also announced a new version of their smart band, the vívosmart HR, a touchscreen activity tracker embedding a wrist heart rate technology plus the usual notification platform for calls, emails, text messages, etc.

The vívosmart HR features a large sunlight readable display that’s always on. In addition to 24/7 heart rate monitoring, the vívosmart HR counts floors climbed and measures activity intensity. When paired with a compatible smartphone, users can receive text, calls, email, calendar and social media alerts, control music, and more.

Available in black, imperial purple and midnight blue, the vívosmart HR has a suggested retail price of $149.99. It is immediately available for pre-orders, and at Best Buy stores and at on November 1. Additional online and store availability will begin in January 2016.

In launching a scale Garmin adds another product to their fitness range, somewhat mimicking competitors such as Fitbit or Withings, but also adding an essential product for fitness-conscious customers.

Wednesday, October 28th 2015

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