Garmin are the latest company to enter the smartwatch market. Their GPS enabled Garmin Vivoactive watch includes apps for running, swimming, golf, and of course cycling.
The watch is said to be 8mm thick and weighing 38 grams, allowing it to be used as a day-to-day watch rather than exclusively for sport.
The watch is ANT+ ready, so can be paired with compatible devices such as a heart rate monitor. It is also bluetooth enabled so you can pair it with your smartphone and automatically upload data to Garmin Connect. This in turn can be synced to Strava or Training Peaks.
You can measure time, distance, speed and estimate the amount of calories you have burned during your ride with the in-built cycling app. The Vivoactive can also be used as a remote for the Garmin Virb on-bike camera, and the high-res screen can display incoming calls, texts, e-mails and social media notifications.
One of the more interesting aspects of the Vivoactive, particularly in the long run, is that is allows users to download third party apps from the ‘Connect IQ’ store. According to Garmin, apps currently in development include a LifeLine Response. This will enable users to alert LifeLine and send their exact GPS location to the nearest first responders.
The watch is going to be available in March, retailing for £199.99, or £229.99 with a heart monitor.