Garmin introduces Forerunner 225 GPS running watch with wrist-based heart rate.
Garmin, leaders in developing innovative GPS technology over various platforms have unveiled their latest running watch. Dubbed Forerunner 225, the wearable is the first Garmin GPS running watch that comes with an optical heart-rate sensor. Therefore, unlike company’s previous watches that uses a wireless chest strap for heart-rate tracking, the Forerunner 225 will measure heart rate at the wrist. All thanks to Mio, an award-winning performance wearables brand praised for EKG accuracy whose industry-leading optical heart rate technology have been integrated in the Forerunner 225 GPS running watch.
Garmin’s first wrist-based heart rate device will also measure pace, calories burned and distance traveled, heart rate while running and users sleeping pattern. Besides that, a move bar with vibrating alert will remind users when they’ve been inactive for too long. The Forerunner 225 measures heart rate at the wrist by using a built-in optical sensor that shines light into a user’s skin and calculates the amount of light returned. The sensor uses an advanced filtering process to detect slightest of changes that occurs when blood pumps through the wrist to determine consistent and precise heart rate.
Runner’s zone and beats per minute in real time are displayed through a colorful gauge of the watch and also allow users to follow training programs which requires set times or distances within a certain zone. The built-in accelerometer let runners capture accurate distance and pace data while running indoors. Users can pair the Forerunner 225 to their smartphone using the Garmin Connect Mobile app to automatically upload a completed run for post-run analysis and sharing on social media.
The Forerunner 225 GPS running watch with wrist-based heart rate is water resistant to 50 meters and offers a battery life of four weeks in watch mode and up to 10 hours with GPS and heart rate active. The wearable will begin shipping in Q2 with a price tag of $299.99 and will be available in black and red colors.