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Garmin and iPhone: Together at Last

November 17th, 2011

Garmin ANT+ Adapter with Garmin Fit app

Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. Thunder and lightning. These things just go together, right? Well it’s time to add Garmin and iPhone to that list. Garmin just introduced the Garmin ANT+ Adapter for iPhone (MSRP $49.99) and the $0.99 Garmin Fit app. Now you can sync your iPhone with Garmin ANT+ accessories for live data right on your touchscreen. These accessories include:

The Garmin Fit app uses the iPhone’s built-in GPS technology to track speed/pace, distance and elevation when in-range of your phone network. When you finish a workout, just review your run summary and the Garmin Fit app will automatically upload data to Garmin Connect online. The app also serves as a clean interface with Garmin Connect, letting you view past workout summaries and routes on your iPhone.

Garmin Premium Heart Rate Transmitter

How’d This Magic Happen?

You might be wondering why it took so long to sync up the iPhone and Garmin products. While most smartphones utilize Bluetooth wireless technology, many electronic sports devices use a different low-power wireless technology called ANT+ to connect with accessories like heart rate monitors. Though people have been running with smartphone ‘fitness apps’ for a few years now, until recently smartphones and wireless fitness accessories were incompatible.

Compatibility

The Garmin ANT+ Adapter is compatible with iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS, iPod touch and iPad. The Garmin Fit app requires these devices are running iOS4 firmware or later. With such simple compatibility and an easy-to-use interface, we expect the new adapter and app to be pretty popular with gadget gurus and everyday runners alike.

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Soleus GPS 1.0 Digital Sport Watch – First Look

September 20th, 2011

Soleus GPS 1.0 Digital Sport Watch

Soleus is jumping into the GPS market with the GPS 1.0 Digital Sport Watch. With an MSRP of $99, the new Soleus GPS watch targets runners seeking a simple-to-use speed/distance watch to monitor training.

Main Features

  • GPS: high-sensitivity receiver
  • Distance: current & total in Miles or Km
  • Pace/Speed: current & average
  • Calories Burned: current & total Kcal burned
  • Chrono: 24-hour, 1/100 second resolution
  • Data Storage: 100-lap memory
  • World Time: 106 cities covering all time zones
  • Rechargeable Battery: USB rechargeable lithium-ion

Looking at the list above, it’s clear Soleus created a value-priced GPS watch with desirable core-run features. Additionally, the watch includes: time-of-day, date, alarms, multiple time zones and a backlight. All these features are packaged in a wristwatch that looks to be about the same size as Soleus’ current Ultra Sole or 262 watch models.

While there is no heart rate monitor option nor computer data-transfer capability, runners who want to track their pace/speed and distance will find it in the new GPS 1.0.

The Soleus GPS 1.0 Digital Sport Watch is expected to be available October 2011.

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