• Garmin Introduces Vivofit 3 Featuring Move IQ Automatic Activity Detection

    Garmin Vivofit 3 Activity Detection Weables Fitness TrackerGarmin has announced Vivofit 3, a daily activity tracker with one-year battery life and Garmin Move IQ. Building on the company’s popular activity tracker, the Vivofit 3 adds new features, including Move IQ auto activity detection and intensity minutes. Capturing activities such as walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical training, the Vivofit 3 keeps up with users throughout the entire day. Designed for 24/7 wearability, it is water resistant to 50 meters, has one-year battery life and can be personalised with an array of colourful interchangeable accessory bands.

    “Once again our Vivofit has set itself apart from the pack as a leader in helping users develop lifelong healthy habits with its latest edition, the Vivofit 3,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales.

    Move IQ is a new feature that continuously monitors for periods of sustained activity, automatically recognising walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical training. By accessing Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community that the Vivofit 3 automatically syncs to throughout the day, users will be able to analyze a complete picture of daily activities in a convenient timeline view. You can also track sleep patterns and trends, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges.

    Garmin Connect gets to know users and delivers meaningful insights based on their data to help them reach health and wellness goals. Smart wellness insights provide cues to help users reach personalized daily goals set by Vivofit 3 based on their current activity levels, shout-outs when milestones have been met and relevant healthy tips from experts. Insights also show users how they are doing in comparison to people like them for extra motivation.

    The watch has a backlit display that shows steps, calories, distance, intensity minutes, time of day and a move bar with audible alert reminder for when you have been inactive too long. Read about the dangers of being inactive

    A couple minutes of activity will reset the move bar, keeping users motivated to stay continuously active during their day which can help counter the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle. With a water resistant replaceable battery that lasts up to one year, this one's set to sit on your wrist for good!

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  • Garmin Announce Sponsorship Of Five Professional Cycling Teams

    Garmin Cycling Team Sponsorship

    Garmin have announced they will be sponsoring five professional cycling teams for the 2016 season, including three World Tour teams and two mountain biking teams.

    Garmin continue to sponsor Cannondale Pro Cycling and Movistar Team, and for the first year will sponsor Team Lampre-Merida. Garmin also support the mountain biking teams Trek Factory Racing and LUNA Pro Team.

    “We are extremely excited to continue strong involvement in professional cycling with our support of these five teams,” said Jon Cassat, Garmin vice president of communications. “We have long been a leader of cycling technology and we are proud to provide our cutting edge products for training and race day as teams Cannondale, Movistar, Lampre-Merida, Trek Factory Racing and LUNA Pro race throughout the season.”

    All the teams ride with one of the Garmin Edge cycling computers and selected teams use various additional Garmin fitness products including the Garmin Vector pedal-based power meter, Garmin Varia Vision cycling awareness products, the vívosmart HR activity tracker and the Garmin Index smart scale.

    “We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership and friendship with Garmin,” said Matt Johnson, Slipstream Sports president. “They have been part of the foundation of this team since its inception. Both parties benefit: the technical feedback from our athletes further fuels Garmin’s leadership position in the market, and their constant innovation allows us the best technical equipment."

    “The Vectors are great for understanding and improving pedaling mechanics and diagnosing muscle imbalances,” said Alex Howes, Cannondale Pro Cycling rider. “Being able to see pedaling balance in real time is extraordinarily valuable.”

    “I find the Garmin Edge 520 incredibly reliable as a training tool and during racing it gives me an amazing amount of important information that can honestly change how I race the race,” said Rory Sutherland, Movistar Team rider.

    “We could not have a better cooperation for our team than the one with Garmin, which will help us to improve and support the activity of our athletes,” said Brent Copeland, Team Lampre-Merida team manager. “It is very interesting to point out that the supply from Garmin will cover different areas: the monitoring and the data collection during races and trainings thanks to the GPS cycling computers, the safety thanks to the Varia Bike Radar, the health area thanks to the Index Smart scale and the instruments vívosmart HR, the logistic thanks to the GPS navigation devices. The relevance of the Milano-Sanremo was appropriate for the starting partnership with Garmin and we’re sure that together we’ll achieve interesting results.”

    The 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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  • Fitness Wearable Brand Mio Global Changes To PAI Health

    Sundried has reviewed a few of the Mio Global fitness wearables over the years, including the Mio Fuse, Mio Alpha 2, and Mio Slice featuring Personal Activity Intelligence. Now, the global fitness wearables brand is making a big change.

    Mio's latest innovation is PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) - the new activity tracking metric and app. PAI was first introduced on the Mio SLICE earlier this year. Moving forward, in order to accelerate the adoption of PAI, they are working with partners who have successfully scaled and are looking to grow further with innovations in sensor analytics. 
    As such, they have made the decision to no longer produce devices themselves, and are instead working on developing a cloud-based software platform that will integrate with other devices and systems to expand the PAI ecosystem. One of the biggest projects they are working on is developing a PAI Apple Watch app which will be available early 2018. This will allow many new people to benefit from using PAI.
    To align with their new focus, they will be changing their brand name from Mio Global to PAI Health. Their new website is PAIhealth.com and their social media is changing to PAIhealth as well.

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  • Garmin Introduces The Vivofit 4 Activity Tracker

    Garmin vivofit 4 fitness tracker smart watch

    Garmin have announced the vívofit 4, a daily activity tracker with an incredible 1+ year battery life – no charging necessary – and a sunlight-readable, always-on colour display. Designed for 24/7 wearability, the vívofit 4 is swim- and shower-safe and features a sleek, comfortable band. The vívofit 4 is ready to go right out of the box, and can be paired with a smartphone for additional features. Easy to set up and simple to operate, all that’s left is to put it on and go.

    “An activity tracker is only as effective as how often you wear it, and this is where the vívofit 4 really shines – you can set it and forget it,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “It’s the ideal device for customers who want something reliable that they don’t need to hassle with or take off to recharge.”

    Right out of the box, the vívofit 4 starts tracking steps and encourages users to stay active with a colored move bar that fills up when a user has been stationary for too long. It also assigns daily step goals based on current activity levels which automatically adjust to the user, gradually nudging them toward a healthier, more active lifestyle.

    For those customers looking for more than just basic activity tracking, the vívofit 4 can be paired with a smartphone, adding even more functionality and options, such as tracking sleep, intensity minutes and more. Forget to start or stop a timed activity? Thanks to Move IQ, the vívofit 4 is able to detect changes in a user’s movement and automatically capture and classify activities such as walking, running, biking, swimming and using an elliptical. Users can use the vívofit 4 as their everyday watch, complete with a countdown timer, stopwatch and multiple alarms. A weather widget gives a quick, illustrated look at the day’s weather. The vívofit 4 even includes Find My Phone for those who need a little extra help keeping track of their smartphone.

    Through the Garmin Connect app, users can customise the vívofit 4 with various watch faces, colour themes and personalised text, such as an emergency contact or motivational phrase. Interchangeable accessory bands (sold separately) make it easy to switch up colours and styles to match any mood or outfit.

    Within the newly redesigned Garmin Connect, a free online community, it is easier than ever to get an at-a-glance look at important stats like steps and sleep. Users can filter and customise their data so that they are only seeing what is most relevant. Users can connect with friends and family to motivate one another, join challenges, engage in friendly competitions and more. And speaking of competitions, vívofit 4 users with children who own vívofit jr. 2 devices can compete against one another using the Toe-to-ToeTM timed step competition feature to determine who is clearing the table that night. The vívofit 4 will periodically sync with Garmin Connect throughout the day.

    The vívofit 4 is available in White (S/M), Limegreen Speckled (S/M) and Black (S/M and L) for a suggested retail price of $79.99 (roughly £60), available on Amazon. Interchangeable accessory bands are available in a Speckled Merlot and Speckled Navy combo pack (S/M) for $29.99 (roughly £22). Accessory bands in Speckled Black (S/M), White (S/M) and Black (S/M and L) are available for individual purchase for a suggested retail price of $19.99 (roughly £15).

    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.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Garmin Teams Up With Marvel For Their New Kid's Fitness Tracker

    Garmin Vivofit Junior 2 Marvel Spiderman

    Garmin have announced the vívofit jr. 2 kid’s fitness tracker with Marvel’s Spider-Man themed bands and mobile app. So much more than a fitness device, the vívofit jr. 2 provides kids with an interactive experience where activity unlocks adventure, shaping habits for lifelong health and fitness. In an engaging, comic book-style Spider-Verse app experience, kids will look forward to crushing activity minute goals to unlock new adventures, games, gems and step icons. Enhanced animations make New York City come to life with fun fitness facts integrated into the story to further encourage building healthy habits. With two ultra-durable, etched Marvel Spider-Man designs, vívofit jr. 2 bands are swim-friendly, feature a customisable colour screen, and most important of all, boast a battery life of over a year. 

    “The Spider-Man experience, both the band and the mobile app adventure, lets kids dive into the imaginary Super Hero world through physical activity,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales. “With the vívofit jr. 2, kids get to ‘Be the Hero’ on the playground, and are incentivised to keep moving as their activity goals unlock new worlds within the Spider-Verse app experience. We’re excited to add Spider-Man to our lineup of Disney, Avengers and Star Wars bands and app storylines.”

    “With an all-new hit console video game and feature film – it’s a big year for our favourite web-slinging Super Hero,” said Kyle Laughlin, Senior Vice President, Games and Interactive Experiences, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “Marvel’s Spider-Man is a great addition to our successful line of characters and stories that are inspiring kids to get active.”

    The Spider-Man vívofit jr. 2 is brought to life through a corresponding app adventure, which kids explore with the help of their parents. In Web Warriors: A Spider-Man Adventure, kids will unfold new adventures and explore different dimensions of the Spider-Verse. They’ll soar high above the city alongside Spider-Man, fight Vulture with the help of unexpected allies, and track down the Green Goblin once and for all. The more they meet – and exceed – their activity goals, the more of the story they’ll get to see. In addition to uncovering additional adventures with Marvel’s Spider-Man, kids can gain access to fun games and more. To collect gems and get more chances to play games, kids will need to keep logging those active minutes.

    The vívofit jr. 2 is a valuable tool for parents as well and comes with a companion app that acts as a parental personal assistant. From their compatible smart device, parents can view their child’s activity, assign chores, and schedule reminder alerts that show up on their child’s device. Task timers help kids know how much time they have left for each chore. For added incentive, when kids receive and complete a given chore, parents can reward them with virtual coins that can be redeemed for agreed-upon rewards. The app allows for multiple profiles, so parents and siblings with compatible Garmin devices can have their steps listed on the step leaderboard, promoting a healthy and fit lifestyle for the whole family.  

    In addition to tracking steps, sleep and active minutes, kids can also use the vívofit jr. 2 to engage in some friendly competition with their friends and family. Toe-to-Toe step challenges let kids sync with nearby friends (or themselves) for timed step competitions. Parents can also play by downloading the Toe-to-Toe Connect IQ app to a compatible device. New family challenges let users connect with other families and compete in weekly step challenges for extra motivation to move. 

    The vívofit jr. 2 featuring Marvel’s Spider-Man is available for purchase at Garmin.com and has a suggested retail price of £79.99. With vívofit jr. 2, the adventure never ends. By swapping out their band with an accessory band (sold separately, RRP £27.99), kids can open up a whole new world of adventure with Disney Princess, Star Wars, Minnie Mouse, and Avengers band options*.

    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 Garmin product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren