OLATHE, Kan./September 4, 2014/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced vívosmart (veevo-smart) – a stylish activity tracker with smart notifications. Stay on track with health and wellness goals while staying connected with vívosmart’s vibration alerts for calls, texts, calendar reminders, emails and more from a smartphone. Like vívofit® and Forerunner® 15, vívosmart gets to know users’ current activity levels and nudges them toward a more active lifestyle with personalized daily goals, and reminds them when it’s time to move. Its easy-to-operate touchscreen displays time of day, steps, distance, calories, move bar, goal countdown and more.
“With its activity tracking features, additional workout support including timed activities, and smart notifications vívosmart is like having a personal coach and assistant right on your wrist,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “It challenges and motivates users to stay active and create lifelong healthy habits, while keeping them connected to family, friends, work, and more.”
Sleek and comfortable, vívosmart features a lightweight curved band with a 5 ATM water rating1 and battery life of up to seven days so you rarely have to take it off. The band’s seamless surface remains discreet on users’ wrists with a hidden OLED display that comes to life to show incoming notifications. Users can also activate the display by double tapping the screen and swiping through the display pages to see the time and date, steps taken, distance, calories, step countdown to a personalized daily goal, move bar, messages received and more.
The move bar features five segments that begin to fill in after one hour of inactivity, and a timer that lets users know exactly how long they have been inactive even if it hasn’t been an hour yet. As the segments fill in, vívosmart vibrates and displays the move bar alert, encouraging users to stay consistently active throughout the day. Walking around for a few minutes will reset the move bar.
Users can capture more of their active lifestyles by using the timed activity feature to track a workout, pairing vívosmart with a heart rate monitor2 or bike speed sensor, or using vívosmart as a remote for a Garmin VIRB® or VIRB Elite action camera3.
Move more and miss less with vívosmart’s vibration alerts displaying notifications of incoming text, email, call, calendar reminders and more when in range of a paired Bluetooth®-smart device4. With a gentle vibration vívosmart will display an icon indicating the type of notification and a preview of the message. To read more, simply touch and swipe the screen. Users can also set the built-in alarm clock to have vívosmart vibrate and silently alert them it’s time to start their day – without disturbing others.
Vívosmart automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app when in range of a compatible Bluetooth device, so users can check in throughout the day to view reports on activity progress, total sleep hours, periods of movement and restful sleep, and more. Users can also earn virtual badges for extra motivation, and join online challenges.
While in the app users can link their account with a MyFitnessPal® account to easily view an accurate count of calories burned and consumed, and see their net count for the remainder of the day based on calorie goals set in MyFitnessPal – giving them a complete picture of their daily activity and nutrition.
Vívosmart is available for preorder exclusively at BestBuy.com, and will be available in Best Buy stores mid-September in berry, purple, blue, black, and slate in a small or large band size5. It will have a suggested retail price of $169.99 and $199.99 (black or slate heart rate monitor bundle). Additional store and online availability will begin in November 2014.
Vívosmart is the latest from Garmin’s expanding fitness segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ lives and promotes healthy and active lifestyles. Whether it’s running, cycling, or other athletic pursuits, Garmin fitness devices are becoming essential tools for athletes both amateur and elite. For more about features, pricing and availability, as well as information about other Garmin fitness products and services, go to www.garmin.com/intosports, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.
1Water rating 5 ATM (50m). For more information, see Garmin.com/waterrating.
2Included with some models, sold separately on others.
3Speed sensor and VIRB sold separately.
4See Garmin.com/BLE for a list of compatible phones.
5Color and sizing availability will vary on BestBuy.com and in Best Buy stores.
About Garmin International Inc. Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, vívofit and VIRB are registered trademarks and vívosmart and Garmin Connect Mobile are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
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