Garmin is aiming to remove the borderline between smartwatches and fitness trackers/bands, and with this aim company has announced its new fitness band dubbed as Garmin Vivosmart, which is capable to show texts, emails, calls, calendar appointments as well as game notifications are the few set of things that the new Garmin fitness band can do.
There are people who like to have great fitness tracker with just a few set of features that can give real-time notification alerts also, but with Samsung’s Gear Fit and Gear 2, there is an issue that requires your Samsung phone to utilize the fitness features. This market which is still wide-open and come to think that many dedicated wearable tech organizations will like this category as it will provide consumers best of both the worlds (Fitness bands and Smartwatches).
The Vivosmart is one such wearable tech that company has come up with, it has OLED display to help you keep up with all your notifications, steps taken and other interesting stats. It establishes connection via Bluetooth support and is waterproof up to 50 meters, which a nice bonus, considering the other models. The feature “Move Bar” encourages you to get moving as it knows when you are not active. The smart fitness band also boasts compatibility with heart rate sensors as well as bike speed sensors.
The garmin fitness band is now available for pre-order starting today, with shipments expected to start somewhere around mid-September, as it is exclusively available only at Best Buy, but starting November you can it in other stores offline and online as well. The device will cost $170 as you will have to buy heart rate monitor and bike speed sensors separately.
Until, there is wearable tech that can do tasks of both, fitness trackers as well as smartwatches, this space of market will be curious see how the Vivosmart performs when it ships to consumers.