Garmin Adds New Connected Activity Tracker

Garmin has added to its Vivosmart activity tracker wearable line with the launch of Vivosmart HR+, an activity tracker with wrist-based heart rate plus GPS.

According to the company, with Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology the tracker provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring. It monitors heart rate at the wrist and quantifies the intensity of users’ fitness activities using intensity minutes. This feature helps users monitor their progress against activity goals.

The GPS allows users to more accurately track distance, time and pace for their activities, as well as view a map of their activity on Garmin Connect. Additional running features include personal records, virtual pacer, auto pause, auto lap and walk/run mode.

The tracker also includes Garmin Move IQ, a feature that continuously monitors for periods of sustained activity. It also tracks steps, distance, calories, floors climbed and activity intensity.

Throughout the day, the unit automatically syncs with Garmin’s app to save user stats. In Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community, users can track workouts, sleep patterns and trends, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges. 

“With a compelling combination of GPS, wrist-based heart rate, long battery life and water resistance, the Vivosmart HR+ was designed to keep up with users’ active lifestyles,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vp/worldwide sales. 

The Vivosmart HR+ activity tracker is shipping now and has a suggested retail price of $219.99.