Today Garmin announced quatix 3, the next-generation marine GPS smartwatch equipped with important cruising, fishing and sailing capabilities. More than a watch, the quatix 3 is a wearable instrument that streams NMEA 2000 data from compatible onboard Garmin marine electronics. With its sunlight-readable high-resolution color display, rugged aesthetic, and sleek new form factor, the quatix 3 combines the GPS and wearable technology that Garmin is known for. The quatix 3 comes preloaded with marine-specific feature sets, and boasts support for additional multisport activities. Complete with smart notifications, the quatix 3 can be fully customized to the user, so it’s easy to transition from water to land.
Designed for all types of mariners, the quatix 3 boasts a full navigational and marine toolset. It acts as a wearable instrument that wirelessly streams NMEA 2000 boat data so users will have access to important sensor information, including speed, depth, temperature, wind data and more, no matter where they’re at on the boat. Using a quatix 3, mariners can also start and stop recording or take stills with a Garmin VIRB action camera, and control their FUSION stereo system right from their wrist. With safety in mind, a dedicated MOB hotkey also allows users to drop an MOB waypoint and start navigation back to that point. The quatix 3 also features a 3-axis electronic compass, barometer, and auto-calibrating altimeter.
The quatix 3 is preloaded with a number of important marine-specific features and watch faces. Mariners will receive up-to-date tide data downloaded for the area they’re in through a smartphone, and will have access to that data for seven days. The quatix 3 is also equipped with an anchor alarm to warn users of drift, as well as an alarm clock and anchor rode calculator that tells the user the proper length of anchor line to put out. For fishing, a competition timer and fish catch log are available to help users keep track of the fish they’ve caught and the time remaining before getting back to weigh-in. And for sailing, the quatix 3 features tack assist, race countdown timer, distance to start line, and time to burn.
With its sunlight-readable color display with an LED backlight, data is easily visible in any light. Water rated to 100 meters, the quatix 3 marine smartwatch has a high-strength, scratch resistant domed sapphire lens with glass-fiber reinforced housing, and can withstand most water activities. With an omni-directional stainless steel EXO antenna and high-sensitivity GPS with GLONASS support, it has the ability to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone.The quatix 3 boasts up to 20 hours of battery life in GPS mode, 50 hours in UltraTrac modeand six weeks in watch mode (depending on settings).
Like other Garmin GPS wearables, the quatix 3 features multisport functions for golfing, SUP, rowing, swimming, hiking, skiing, running, and more. With daily activity tracking1 and connected features, it doubles as a stylish smartwatch. Users can track their daily steps, mileage, and sleep, then wirelessly upload all their data to the recently updated Garmin Connect mobile app. They can also connect their watch to a compatible smartphone for call, text and email notifications right on the watch. Additionally, the quatix 3 is Connect IQ compatible, so users can customize their watch with a variety of watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps.
The quatix 3 is expected to be available in Q1 2016 with a suggested retail price of $599.99.