Introducing Garmin® epix™: The First-of-its-Kind Hands-free Navigation Device
Rugged Watch Boasts 1.4” Colour Touchscreen, ability to add Mapping, Navigation and
Smart Watch Functionality
Sydney, Australia Garmin today announced epix, the first-of-its-kind, rugged GPS mapping enabled watch for outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for a handsfree navigator. Featuring a 1.4” highresolution colour touchscreen, epix comes preloaded with a worldwide shaded relief basemap, a free 1year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, plus 8 GB of builtin memory for additional maps. Epix boasts an omnidirectional EXO™ steel antenna with GPS and GLONASS support for a quick fix and accurate position, as well as traditional altimeter/barometer/compass functionality. Epix is also compatible with ANT+ sensors like heart rate monitors and Tempe™ temperature sensor for even more data. Additionally, epix supports the Connect IQ™ store for customisation and smartwatch capabilities. With a full menu of outdoor and navigation features, epix allows users to not only track where they’ve been, but plan for what’s ahead, right from their wrist.
“For the first time, we’re able to pack the punch of an outdoor handheld GPS into a wearable device,” said Matt DeMoss, General Manager Garmin Australasia. “Garmin is already a leader in GPS wearables, and we’re excited to kick things up a notch with epix by adding extra storage for mapping to an extremely rugged watch that can handle the most rigorous conditions.”
Epix features a 1.4” colour touchscreen display, which allows users to pan and swipe across the watch face to access vivid, detailed maps. It comes with a free one-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite imagery, plus 8GB of internal memory to support additional mapping (sold separately). Epix also boasts a 50m water rating 1, and extended battery life with up to 24 hours in watch mode, 50 hours in UltraTrac mode and 16 weeks in watch mode2.
Epix uses the new high sensitivity EXO antenna with GPS and GLONASS support, which means a stronger signal and quicker fix. When connected to GPS, epix has a full suite of navigation features like track recording and navigation, as well as waypoint and coordinate navigation. Users can also reverse their tracklog back to the start using the TracBack feature, or navigate to a location within sight, but not necessarily accessible due to terrain, using Sight ‘N Go.
Equipped with autocalibrating sensors, epix provides relevant realtime information right from the user’s
wrist. The altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, while the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing shortterm changes in air pressure. The 3axis electronic compass allows users to keep their bearings, no matter if they’re in a deep canyon or heavy forest.
In addition to the navigation features, epix is also a fullfeatured fitness training watch, so users don’t need to change watches between activities. With different profiles for running, cycling, swimming, ski/board and indoor training, epix can record distance, pace, speed, calories burned and more. When paired with a heart rate monitor, epix can estimate the user’s VO2 max, and provide a recovery check after intense workouts3.
Epix can also record advanced running dynamics4, which includes cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time to improve the user’s running economy.
Connect IQ & Wireless Connectivity
With Connect IQ, epix can be completely customised to suit the needs of the user. Connect IQ is the firstever open platform for thirdparty developers to create apps and widgets for Garmin products. Through the Connect IQ store in the Garmin Connect Mobile app, users can upload customised apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces to make their epix even smarter, and to suit their specific lifestyles.
Garmin is working with several app developers that are creating epix apps for the Connect IQ store. Tempo, for example, is building a smart calendar app that will let users see their upcoming events, and send an email from their watch if they are running late. AccuWeather will offer an app to give users air quality and allergy information at a glance. Octane Fitness is building an app to bridge the gap between outdoor runs and indoor workouts on the Octane Zero Runner to seamlessly track all workout stats.
In addition to Connect IQ, epix is equipped with even more wireless connectivity. The Smart Notification feature allows users to pair their smartphone5 with the watch to receive call, text and email alerts right on their wrist, no matter if their phone is buried deep in their pack. Through Bluetooth® and the Garmin Connect Mobile app, users can seamlessly upload their data, or start at LiveTrack session, allowing invited friends and family to follow along in real time while out on the trail or during a training session.
Epix can also act as a wireless remote for the Garmin VIRB® Elite action cam. Using ANT+™, users can start and stop recording and take stills right from their wrist. In addition to heart rate monitors, epix is compatible with a variety of other ANT+ accessories such as tempe and the speed/cadence sensor.
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2 Depending on settings.
3 Heart rate monitor sold separately.
4 When paired with HRMRun™.
5 Examples of compatible phones include: iPhone® 4S & later, Android™ 4.3, Galaxy S3 or later, Galaxy
Note 3 or HTC One, phone must be Bluetooth Smart. For the full list of compatible smartphones, click here.