Wearables is a hot market these days and everyone wants in on the action. This week Garmin jumped in with both feet, launching the Vivofit fitness band. Much like the Fitbit, the Garmin wrist band enables you to challenge yourself with daily fitness goals and even monitor the quality of your sleep.
The Vivofit tracks your daily activity level and progress, assigning you a new fitness goal each day. Once you meet your goal, the fitness band will adjust your workout accordingly. The Vivofit knows when you have been a couch potato for too long, with a red bar appearing on the display warning you to get moving. When you go to bed, hit the sleep mode and the wrist band monitors the quality of your sleep, telling you how long you were in a deep sleep and when you were actually awake during the night.
The Garmin Vivofit offers what other fitness bands like the Jawbone Up have been lacking – a display that enables you to see your data in real time without having to open a phone app. The curved display remains always on, showing your steps, goal countdown, calories, distance, and time of day.
The Vivofit batteries will last for over a year before having to be replaced. The fitness band is water-resistant down to 50m, and is also ANT+ compatible, meaning you can connect your heart rate monitor to capture extra data.
You can wirelessly sync all your Vivofit data with the Garmin Connect online fitness community, where you will be able to track your progress through simple reports and graphs. You can join online challenges with other users or start your own competitions with friends to compete for virtual badges.
The Garmin Vivofit fitness band comes in 5 colors (black, purple, teal, blue, and slate), with both a small and large size available. Shipping soon, the Vivofit retails for $129.99.