Garmin jumps onto the fitness band wagon and introduces the Vívofit

Garmin jumps onto the fitness band wagon and introduces the Vívofit
By DJ Reyes on 23 Jan 2014 01:13 pm

Garmin, a company well known for their sat-navs and GPS gear for aviation, marine navigation and outdoor sports, is venturing into the world of fitness bands. With the Vívofit, Garmin are hoping to turn your "good intentions into lifelong habits". The Vívofit is lightweight and has a curved display. It is also water-resistant to 50m. It also had what's called a 'move bar'. It is basically a bar that moves across the display. If you haven't moved around a lot in a certain amount of time it turns red, urging you to get a move on. Walking around for just a little bit will bring the bar out of the red.

The Vívofit will learn your activity level and it will then set a daily personal goal for you. As you progress and attain these goals, new ones will be set accordingly. Virtual badges can be earned too, just to help motivate you a bit more. On the display, you can see your step count for the day, distance, calories burned and of course the time. 

Data from the Vívofit band can be wireless synced to Garmin Connect, Garmin's online fitness community. This can be done with a touch of a button. Garmin Connect is free to use and when you feel up to it, there are also challenges that you can take part it. And you can also add and log any activities you do. There is a Garmin Connect app available for Android and iPhone, sadly no BlackBerry or Windows Phone support but you could essentially sideload the Android version onto your BlackBerry 10 device.

The Vívofit will be available from March 2014 for £99 ($165) and is available in a variety of colors - black, purple, teal, blue and slate. It will be come with two different band sizes and the battery life is said to last you a year. You can also bundle the Vívofit with a heart rate monitor for £129.99 ($215).

Find out more about the Garmin Vívofit fitness band

Related: Garmin News

Reader comments

Garmin jumps onto the fitness band wagon and introduces the Vívofit


+1 on NAV! That's Garmins bread and butter, they should have at least something.

And plus a million on pricy. Seems to be the trend with Smart watches!

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When I saw Garmin in the title I pretty much assumed wrist-navigation.

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