March 16 2018
Amanda McGrory checks in days before she is to compete in the pro wheelchair division in the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon.
Garmin announced today that it is welcoming three new products into its vivo family. The vivoactive 3, vivomove HR and vivosport are the company’s latest in wearable smart technology, offering features as varied as workout analysis and product purchases–all from the small screens buckled onto users’ wrists.
First up is the vivoactive 3, a smartwatch that employs Garmin’s new Garmin Pay feature to allow users to purchase items directly from the watch after registering their credit cards with the Garmin Pay wallet. (Say goodbye to running with a credit card for your post-run coffee stop!) The vivoactive 3 also has GPS, is waterproof and can last up to seven days before needing a recharge while on its basic smartwatch setting. (The GPS feature sucks battery power faster, but can still last as long as 13 hours.) Like other fitness trackers, the vivoactive 3 tracks its user’s heart rate and gauges real-time stress levels. Its available apps (relating to strength training, yoga and cardio workouts) and vast medley of watch face choices mean that no two watches will ever be exactly the same.
At first glance, the vivomove HR looks like an ordinary (albeit fancy) watch. But one twist of the wrist and users will see exactly why it’s so “smart.” The vivomove HR shares many of the vivoactive 3’s features–activity and heart rate tracking, a touchscreen face, various apps to document physical activity–but it is a “hybrid smartwatch,” meaning it’s meant to serve first and foremost as a brag-worthy and stylish piece of functional jewelry. “With the new vivomove HR, not only is the design as elegant as ever, the wearable technology is cutting edge,” Garmin Vice President of Worldwide Sales Dan Bartel said in an official press release. “We’re the first on the market to offer a hybrid smartwatch with both wrist-based heart rate and a digital touchscreen display. And you get all of that without losing the classic, timeless look of an analog watch.”
The vivosport is Garmin’s third and final offering of the moment, a fitness tracker that’s waterproof, GPS-enabled and has a LiveTrack feature that allows runners to share their current locations with friends and family members. Like the vivoactive 3, this gadget can last as long as seven days while functioning as a smartwatch and eight hours while its GPS feature is active. The vivosport also tracks its user’s heart rate, stress levels and fitness age and has a built-in breathing timer for those moments when physical or mental stress feels overwhelming.