Garmin International, Inc., the Switzerland-headquartered technology company, has introduced a new GPS-equipped device to its existing lineup of wearable activity trackers and watches. The vívosmart HR+, an upgrade of the vívosmart HR, is designed to monitor users’ heart rates with wrist-based technology while tracking actual movement using GPS. This functionality makes everything from counting steps to keeping track of daily running routes easier than ever before.
The company’s trademarked technology, Move IQ, captures an array of user activity including walking, running, biking, swimming and even elliptical training. During any period of sustained activity, the new capability continuously monitors the user’s movement. “Wherever your day takes you the vívosmart HR+ is made to help motivate and track all your active moments.” said Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide sales at Garmin.
With vívosmart HR+ users can access Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community. The device is programmed to automatically sync daily activities including workouts, sleep patterns and other trends through the Garmin Connect mobile app, where users can see a complete picture of their daily activities in timeline format.
The new wearable is also water-friendly. With a rating of 5 ATM, the device can withstand pressures equivalent to a depth of 50 meters. This means in addition to raindrops and snow showers, it can also endure water for an extended period of time while swimming, diving and participating in water sports. Like the previous model, it has an always-on display to view stats at any time of day—even in the sunlight.
The GPS functionality does have a significant impact on the device’s battery life. Its charge can last up to five days in watch/activity mode without GPS. While GPS is activated, the battery will only last up to eight hours.
Vívosmart HR+, available for shipping now and starting at $219.99, is offered in three colors with interchangeable bands.