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The line of Vívofit trackers from Garmin. – AFP
GARMIN has already created a handful of GPS sport watches and other navigational gadgets, but now, it has announced its newest offering: a dedicated fitness and health tracking band, featuring a battery that lasts a year and hourly motivation to get you up from your desk.
To compete against Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike, Garmin’s new Vívofit, unveiled at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, US, comes equipped with a curved display of your fitness metrics (steps, goals, calories, distance, etc.), while tracking your activity and sleep 24/7.
Plus, the Vívofit’s user-replaceable batteries last more than one year, which could give it an edge since most trackers last for about a week on a single charge.
In addition, it is water-resistant up to 50 metres and compatible with ANT+ heart rate monitors.
Garmin adds that Vívofit learns users’ current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily goal. The device then adjusts the goals as users progress.
Also, to counteract the negative effects of sitting too much, a red move bar appears on the display after one hour of inactivity and builds when users haven’t budged from their couches or desks. Walking for a couple of minutes will reset the move bar and bring you out of the red.
Vívofit will be available in black, purple, teal, blue and slate. Priced at US$129.99 and US$169.99 (RM416 to RM544) for a heart rate monitor bundle, the band will begin shipping in the first quarter of this year, according to Garmin. – AFP Relaxnews
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