Garmin wants its fingers in all different pies. This year, Garmin’s CES Lineup has the potential to blow out most of the current smart watches out of the water.
The smart watch, called as vivoactive, is an ultrathin GPS watch with a sunlight-readable, high-resolution color touchscreen. The watch packs in all the usual array of sensors like a pedometer, heart rate sensor capable straps etc. The bands are also interchangeable for different activities.
Built-in sports apps keep you active while smart notifications allow you to stay in contact with pressing work matters. Vívoactive gently vibrates to alert you to all the same notifications you receive on your compatible Bluetooth-enabled device. Text messages include sender information and message. Email messages come with sender and subject. vívoactive also displays notifications from Facebook and other social media.
The navigation company also targets a very niche audience – the golfers. Once you pair the watch with the appropriate golf course map, the golfing app keeps maps updated and tallies hole number and par. GPS measures layup and dogleg distances, as well as distances to the front, middle and back of the green, to improve usability over the entire hole. Individual stroke play scorecard lets you see if you’re under or over par. Neat!
The watch is sweetly priced at $249, which is at par with other current smart watches. You can pre order one here.
Here are a few images (via TechCrunch) that show the watch in action: