Garmin New Products 2015

Garmin Introduces Four New Smartwatches and a Backup Camera Accessory

Garmin vívoactive smartwatch
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GPS-maker Garmin has announced five new products including smart watches, and an accessory backup camera for Garmin car GPS navigation devices. 

Do-it-all Vivoactive Smart Watch
Garmin leads off its 2015 product announcements with a new, do-it-all Vivoactive smartwatch. Vivoactive includes GPS-enabled running, bicycling, golfing and swimming, plus normal daily activity tracking and reporting.

Vivoactive is thin and light (1.3 ounces) and has a 1.1 x 0.8-inch high-resolution, sunlight-readable, touchscreen display. It may represent the next generation of smartwatches, because rather than being dedicated to a single activity, you may easily tap to select from built-in apps for its supported sports. 

Vivoactive also connects with your smartphone via wireless Bluetooth to vibrate and display alerts for incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar notifications and social media. 

Wireless technology also lets you link Vivoactive with a heart rate monitor or a Garmin Virb action camera.

In addition to the running and cycling features you expect, including pace alerts and distance, time, etc., the Vivoactive may be used in the pool. Swim features include stroke type, stroke count and automatic lap recognition.

But Vivoactive doesn't stop there. It includes free access to Garmin's massive golf course database, and golf features such as yardage to the front, back, and middle of the green, yardage to layups, doglegs and shot distance.

The smartwatch also may be used to track your daily activity and calorie burn, including steps goal and sleep monitoring.

All of the data is uploadable to Garmin's free online Connect service to serve as your training log, diary, and social media sharing platform.

Vivofit 2
Garmin's original Vivofit fitness band was a rather drab looking device, and Garmin cures that with a big selection of interchangeable wristbands for Vivofit 2. These include many bright colors in its Style collection, plus three metal bands, as well as a Jonathan Adler designed version.

Vivofit 2 has a battery that lasts an entire year, and wear-all-day, waterproof comfort. Vivofit 2 tracks your activity and reminds you to stay active. It also creates customized goals based on your activity level and syncs with online Garmin Connect.

Garmin Epix
The new Garmin Epix is "the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution, color, touchscreen GPS/GLONASS mapping watch with worldwide, shaded relief basemap and 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription," states Garmin.

Garmin has managed to put touchscreen color mapping into the 1.4-inch (diagonal) display of this smartwatch. It comes with 8GB of internal memory so you can upload detailed (24K) topo maps and satellite imagery for use in the field.

Other navigation aids include an altimeter, barometer and 3-axis compass. In addition to its maps and GPS tracks features, the Epix includes dedicated running, cycling, and swimming functions as well as a daily activity tracker.

Nuvi Backup Camera
Garmin has also introduced an easy way to add accessories to its dedicated car GPS Nuvi Essentials series. Its new BC30 wireless backup camera, for example, shows the backup feed (any time your car is in reverse) right on your Nuvi GPS screen. 

"You’ll need to mount the camera on the rear of your vehicle and connect it to a power source, such as the rear lights," states Garmin. "The BC 30 is rugged enough to withstand even the harshest of weather. And up to 4 cameras can be used together in 1 system, for multiple viewing angles."