Garmin announces Vivofit 2 fitness tracker with Jonathan Adler’s stylish bands

7 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Garmin vivofit 2 activity tracker pesters you when you’re lazy.

At CES this year Garmin announced the new Vivofit 2 fitness tracker, but while the device itself was a minor upgrade from the original model, the real story was the style aspect.LAS VEGAS — Garmin might not be as well known as Fitbit or Jawbone in the fitness tracker category, but when it comes to usability for true fitness fanatics, its vívofit is widely considered the best on the market.

Garmin is announcing a new fitness band that looks and behaves a lot like the company’s last one, except for one big difference: It will audibly disapprove of your sedentary lifestyle. Garmin has partnered with designer Jonathan Adler for his own series of custom bands for the Vivofit 2 (like the original, it’s a small pebble-sized device that can snap in and out various bands). Like the original vivofit, Garmin’s vivofit 2 measures steps taken, calories burned and hours slept, and it can display the time and fitness data through its always-on LCD. In person, Adler’s bands are colorful and fun, and light enough that they don’t feel like they’ll be a constant nuisance on your wrist, unlike some clunkier fitness trackers.

By bringing the impeccable craftsmanship and modern style of the designer’s lifestyle brand to the vívofit family, the Jonathan Adler + Garmin line keeps users on trend while they develop lifelong healthy habits. The vívofit 2 ($129) is reminiscent of the original in both look and functionality, but comes with a few new notable features that makes tracking easier, like a small bar on the display that shows activity progress. The device works alongside other apps like RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal, as well as Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community that lets users track sleep patterns and trends, join online challenges, earn badges and so on. However, the device doesn’t come with a heart-rate monitor, which is becoming increasingly popular in fitness wearables, so perhaps consumers will expect that to be built-into the vívofit 3.

Garmin is also selling accessory bands in packs of three, with color themes like “neutral” and “downtown”, and premium bands in leather or stainless steel. Aesthetics are certainly a matter of personal taste, but items like the steel or gold-color cuffs not only seemed impractical — they’re rigid bracelets, with one size and one size only — but they also came off as garish in person. The leather bands and watch-style clasps fared somewhat better, but they were still fingerprint magnets, with only the smallest of interactions leaving a greasy smear behind.

Three-pack colored accessory bands will also be sold for $29.99 in the following sets: neutral (black, slate and white), downtown (burgundy, slate and navy), active (red, blue and green), serenity (mint, cloud and lilac), and energy (canary, pink and violet). It monitors progress all day long tracking steps, calories, distance, sleep, and features a newly added backlight so users can easily check their stats day or night. During a workout users can pair vívofit 2 with a compatible heart rate monitor2 to track heart rate and zone data, or use its stopwatch feature to record timed activities with or without a heart rate monitor. And as if we didn’t need more bands to choose from, Garmin’s Jonathan Adler pattern-printed accessory bands are another fashionable option for both the original vívofit and vívofit 2.

For detailed calorie tracking users can link their Garmin Connect account with MyFitnessPal® to compare calories burned to consumed and see their net count for the remainder of the day based on goals set in MyFitnessPal. GRMN, -1.48% Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. His roots as an artist and sculptor continue to influence his brand of home accessories, which includes decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows, lighting and more.

The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2013, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983).

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