Garmin Launches Vivosmart HR Activity Tracker Band
The $150 touch-screen activity tracker includes heart rate monitoring and wrist-based notifications for users.Garmin has expanded its activity tracker lineup with its new Vivosmart HR, a $150 wristband that includes heart rate monitoring, a 1-inch-wide touch-screen display and a wide range of notifications capabilities when used with select smartphones. The Vívosmart HR displays steps taken, distance and calories burned, as well as keeps track of how many building floors are climbed by wearers and activity intensity while it is being worn, the company said in an Oct. 27 announcement. The tracker includes a display that can be read in sunlight and promises up to five-day battery life on a charge. On the Vivosmart HR, users can receive vibration alert notifications about incoming calls, texts, email, calendar events, social media posts and more on many recent Android and iPhone smartphones, as well as track all of their physical activities using the Garmin Connect mobile app for iOS and Android. Wearers can also control the music players on their smartphones from the Vivosmart HR and send a signal to find their misplaced smartphone if necessary. The activity tracker is available for preorders immediately and will be sold through Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com starting Nov. 1, according to Garmin.
"This is the first activity tracker from Garmin with Elevate wrist heart rate technology that monitors your heart rate 24/7, offering more feedback on your daily activity, calories burned, workouts and sleep," Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales, said in a statement. "Thanks to the Vívosmart HR's always on high-resolution display, you can review your progress against your fitness, and stay connected with a full suite of smart notifications while you're on the go."