The past year has seen the arrival of a number of new fitness gadgets including Jawbone’s Up, Wellcore’s NewYu, Fitbit’s Ultra, and Basis’ Band. It’s about time that one of the fitness gadget industry’s incumbents answered back. This week Garmin did. It made its first move into the world of mobile fitness apps.
Garmin unveiled its first mobile fitness app, Garmin Fit, for iPhone and Android this week. The $0.99 app works in conjuction with a $49.99 ANT+ wireless adapter to track running, cycling, and heart rate metrics collected via Garmin wearable sensors.
According to Garmin’s website, compatible accessories include its Foot Pod, both the regular and premium heart rate monitor, and speed/cadence bike sensor. Garmin currently only offers the ANT+ adapter for the iPhone, but the Android version of the app will allow users to track time, distance, speed, and calories burned.
The ANT+ adapter plugs into the iPhone and transmits data from wearable sensors via short range wireless. Last June, ABI reported that by 2016 there would be 80 million wearable wireless fitness sensors on the market. In the report, analysts cited the establishment of short-range wireless standards, including ANT+ and Bluetooth, as a key reason for spurred growth.
The workout data collected by Garmin’s app can then be uploaded to the free Garmin Connect online fitness community. The data is aggregated as charts, graphs, reports, and map representations of the route traveled during a workout, gathered via GPS.
“Garmin Fit is the ideal solution for users who are new to the fitness tracking landscape and for those looking to stay totally connected,” stated Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales, in a press release. “To be able to utilize Garmin’s powerful fitness accessories with the same device that plays music, makes calls and uploads workouts automatically to share and analyze, makes Garmin Fit a must have app.”
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