GARMIN new Activity tracking device, the Vívosmart HR+. It is designed to keep track of users’ heart rates and movement while simultaneously using GPS. That makes it ideal for everything from tracking runs to monitoring step-climbing throughout the day.
The $220 wrist-based device comes with Garmin Move IQ and can provide additional running data. The new device utilizes the Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology to track users’ heart rate through the day for as much as five days straight (without GPS).
A touchscreen OLED display shows the time, day of the week, date, and common activity tracker metrics like distance traveled, steps taken, calories burned, and steps needed to reach the goal. At 128 x 16 pixels, the device resolution is low, but the screen is small: only 1.35 inches wide and 0.14 inches tall. When paired with optional bicycle and heart sensors, the Vívosmart can also display heart rate and bike speed. At night it can also used to log sleep time, and those who own one of Garmin’s VIRB action cameras can use the Vívosmart as a remote control to start and stop the recording, or snap a still shot.
The Vivosmart will display notifications for text messages, calendar events, email alert and social media alerts: basically, nearly anything your phone receives.
This new device is shower-safe with a water rating of 5 ATM, and it has a sunlight-readable display. Its battery lasts up to 5 days while in watch/activity-tracking mode (with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS). If users have GPS capabilities turned it on, the battery lasts up to 8 hours.
The device is available for shipping and starting at $219.99. It comes in colors including black, purple, gray and blue.