Garmin’s new Vivoactive HR now comes with GPS and Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology. The Vivoactive HR helps keep track of active moments throughout the day, counting steps and floors climbed, intensity minutes, monitoring sleep and features built-in GPS-enabled sports apps for walking, running, biking, swimming, golfing, paddle boarding, rowing, skiing and snowboarding.
The Vivoactive HR uses 24/7 wrist-based heart rate data to calculate calories burned as well as the intensity of fitness activities, providing proper credit for users’ array of workouts.
“The Vivoactive HR builds on the incredible versatility and multi-functionality of its predecessor by adding wrist-based heart rate and a barometric altimeter – allowing it to track even more data essential to workouts and day-to-day activity,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “All your efforts to stay active are accounted for from taking the stairs at the office to going on a run or ride.”
In built GPS enabled sports apps enable users to track activity and stay connected anytime, anywhere, providing extensive data for multiple sports:
- Running – Using a built-in accelerometer and GPS users can track runs either indoors or out. Post-run summaries include stats such as total mileage, calories, average pace and overall time.
- Cycling – The cycling app measures time, distance, speed and calories. It is compatible with speed and cadence sensors.
- Pool Swimming – In addition to tracking total and interval time, distance, pace, stroke count and stroke type, the swimming app also features easy pausing for rests, complete with rest timers, and can calculate swolf, a measure of swimming efficiency.
- Golfing – Users can view a simplified view of the green, measure shot distance and be pointed in the right direction with PinPointer while golfing on one of the 40,000 course maps worldwide available for download from the Garmin golf course database.
- Stand Up Paddleboarding and Rowing – Users can easily track and view pace, time, distance, stroke count, stroke rate and distance per stroke. When using an indoor rowing machine, users can track time, stroke count and stroke rate.
- Skiing and Snowboarding – The skiing and snowboarding app measures 3-D speed by calculating the speed and distance on an incline versus latitude and longitude. It also provides splits automatically and features Auto Pause, which freezes the timer automatically when users stop or ride the lift.
With up to eight days’ battery life in watch/activity tracking mode (with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS) or up to 13 hours using GPS, the Vivoactive HR keeps up with users’ active lifestyles and keeps them connected. The Vivoactive HR sends any notification from a compatible smartphone, including incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar reminders, social media alerts and more. Additional on-device smart capabilities allow users to check weather information, control music on their smartphone, control a VIRB action camera, locate their smartphone, and allow friends and family to track activities in real time with LiveTrack.
The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.
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Now Epson can do more than just tell you our ink is low. Computing industry giants Epson are the latest company to join the ever growing trend of fitness wearables.
Whilst it may seem like an odd jump from printers to watches, a little research in the company's history suggests it’s not such a great leap. Epson is a Japanese company founded in 1942 and part of the corporate entity ‘Seiko Epson’. The same ‘Seiko’ known for its watches.
Epson believe that what makes them stand out from other fitness watches is their precision technology. The company uses home grown quartz crystals, which have been at the heart of Seiko watches from the offset. The artificial quartz is said to be more pure and therefore enhance its accuracy.
The range of wearables includes the M Tracer, which monitors golfer's swing, The Pulsense activity trackers which monitor heart rate through blood flow and Runsense GPS running heart rate watches.
Could they be the future of fitness watches ? Watch this space. We will be reviewing the Epson Runsense SF-810 shortly.
Now in review the Epson Runsense SF-810
Mio’s new app claims that it brings activity IQ to your heart rate that can lengthen your lifespan. Every fitness band collects data, but now Mio gives meaning to the data it collects which can increase your life by up to 10 years.
Mio claim: ‘ Your heart rate is the single-most accurate reflection of your body’s response to physical activity, which is directly linked to your health. PAI translates your heart rate data and personal profile information into one simple, meaningful metric: Your PAI score.’
PAI=100. Your goal is to finish the week with a PAI score of over 100 and if you do so your helping to maintain a good health profile and increase your lifespan.
In order to start using their Personal Activity Intelligence users need to download the PAI app and then use their Mio wearable during a training session. PAI then uses this data to give the user instant feedback and a PAI score.
What's the score based on? PAI uses your personal profile containing your age, weight, gender, height, maximum heart rate, resting heart rate and feedback from your training to develop your score.
Is PAI scientific? The algorithms used in PAI are based on activity data from over 60,000 people, collected over a 20 year span
Pai is simple to use, every activity you do, as long as it raises your heart rate, contributes to your PAI score.
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The final piece of the puzzle has been played. Mio’s latest firmware update allows wearers to monitor their sleep.
After installing the new update via the Mio Go app, sleeping tracking is ready and waiting.
Press and hold both the left and right touch points and you watch your watch will ask “sleep?”, tap to confirm and hit the mattress. Fuse will even display a good night message.
Fast forward an optimistic 8 hours and when you wake, press and hold the left and right touch points once more until Fuse asks “wake?”, confirm to collect your morning greeting and return to all-day mode.
The app will then display the level of your sleep (awake/light/deep), its duration and sleep efficiency. A great tool for all athletes to monitor as sufficient sleep is so vital for recovery.
So who’s itching to catch some ZZZs now and give it a go? But remember, no snoozing in the office!