CES 2015: Garmin announces hands-free GPS navigator and upbeat smartwatch
CES 2015 has just got underway and at this mega event Garmin has come-up with its line-up of wearables, multi-sport watches and much more. What caught our eye are the two products namely; Garmin Epix and Garmin Vivoactive. One is a GPS mapping watch that boasts-of its hand-free navigation aesthetics and the other one which is a GPS smartwatch with built-in sports and activity tracking apps.
# Garmin Epix
This first of its kind GPS mapping watch for outdoor enthusiast has hands-free navigator that is displayed on a 1.4-inch high resolution color screen. The maps are stored on the 8GB built-in memory and the pre-loaded worldwide shaded relief basecamp with 1-year subscription to BirdsEye satellite Imagery.
In addition to the omni-directional EXO steel antenna with GPS and GLONASS for accurate positioning, the mapping watch has an altimeter, barometer and 3-axis electronic compass.
It has features like track recording, waypoint navigation, reverse tracklog facility with the TrackBack feature and navigation to a location within sight using Sight ‘N Go feature.
Garmin Epix is all set to retail by Q1 of 2015 for a price tag of $550 – $600. For now you can catch it action at the Garmin booth (South Hall 4 #35811) at this year’s CES.
# Garmin Vivoactive
Vivoactive is a lightweight and ultra-thin GPS smartwatch which has built-in sports and activity tracking apps for a healthy fitness regime. The wearable can be used for activities including running, cycling, golfing, swimming and activity tracking. The smartwatch is customizable courtesy the free watch face designs, widgets and many other apps.
Garmin Vivoactive comes with a sunlight-readable high resolution color touchscreen for use in any kind of lighting. It is waterproof to a depth of 50 meters and can be used to compute swimming performance by counting the number of strokes and the calories burnt. The smartwatch can be paired with a range of sensors and devices to extend the functionality.
Like Epix, Garmin Vivoactive is going to be available by Q1 of 2015 and will have a price tag of $250 for basic model and $300 for additional heart rate monitor bundle.