Garmin unveils new wearables for all ages
By Chong Jinn Xiung May 25, 2017
- Garmin launches three new wearable models for casual users up to professional athletes
- The expanded line of fitness devices includes one designed for children
WEARABLE device maker Garmin recently expanded its range of sport watches in Malaysia to include three new devices: the vivosmart 3, vivofit jr. and Forerunner 935.
The first of Garmin's new wearable devices, the vivosmart 3, is a slim and sleek device that offers users insight on their fitness level.
With Garmin’s Move IQ feature, users need not worry about missing out on recording their activities as it does so automatically. The device tracks a variety of activities ranging from walking, running, hiking, biking, swimming and elliptical training.
For active users who work out with weights the vivosmart 3 has a handy Strength Training activity tool that helps keep track of reps, sets and even rest times during exercises.
All stats recorded are accessible via the Garmin Connect mobile app that automatically syncs with the vivosmart 3 throughout the day. Through the app, users can track their workouts, strength training, stress levels and sleep patterns.
The vivosmart 3 also connects with smartphones and is able to receive notification alerts for emails, texts, calls, calendar reminders and others.
Don't worry about having to recharge the device every day as it has a five-day battery life.
Users also have the option to control music on their smartphone via the watch or send an alert to locate a misplaced smartphone.
The vivosmart 3 is available in black and purple and retails at US$163 (RM699).
Something for the kids
Staying active is something that should be introduced even among children. To this end, Garmin has introduced its new vivofit jr. a small, stylish yet durable device that is specifically designed for kids ages four to nine.
With a high resolution, sunlight-readable display, children can tell the time, see reminders to stay active and it can even be personalised to show their name.
A free parent-controlled mobile app helps motivate kids to stay active for 60 active minutes via the mobile adventure feature to achieve a goal every day.
The app can also be customised by parents to assign recurring daily or weekly tasks for children. Completion of tasks will net children virtual coins that parents can devise a system to reward them with once they meet certain milestones.
Parents can also monitor multiple children with the device to see their daily activity, responsibilities, sleep and more when the watches sync to their smartphone.
Garmin said the vivofit jr. is built to withstand the rough and tumble play that children typically engage in. The device is also water resistant. Using a single removable lithium coin battery, the vivofit jr. is said to have a one-year battery life so parents don’t have to constantly worry about recharging it.
The vivofit jr. retails at US$93 (RM399) and is available in three band patterns: Broken Lava, Digi Camo and Real Flower.
Diehards only need apply
Lastly, for die-hard fitness fanatics, Garmin has introduced the Forerunner 935, GPS running and triathlon watch.
Catering for athletes who are focused on performance and results, this top-of-the-line smartwatch provides users with 24/7 heart rate monitoring along with new training features that are designed to help users refine their exercises.
Data from every activity is automatically uploaded to Garmin Connect and is customisable with more apps from Garmin’s own Connect IQ platform.
The Forerunner 93 comes with the new TrainingPeaks app that allows users to download free workouts directly to their watch.
The device can be automatically linked to Garmin Connect via compatible smartphones and can last up to 21 hours in GPS mode, 44 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode (that periodically turns off GPS) and up to two weeks in watch mode.
The Forerunner 935 is available in either black or yellow for US$582 (RM2,499).
All three models are available now. For more information about Garmin Malaysia go to www.garmin.com.my