Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin Introduces GPSMAP 64sc

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Earlier this month, Garmin announced an addition to its popular GPSMAP devices. The GPSMAP 64sc might look very similar to other GPSMAP units, but it packs quite a few additional features that are sure to make it a win with hunters, geocachers, and hikers alike. Unlike previous editions. the GPSMAP has added an 8MP camera with flash and geotagging, so users can take pictures of the breathtaking views they see on their journeys. The unit also features a dual GPS and GLONASS receiver, allowing it to acquire and maintain signals better even under heavy foliage and in canyons.

Of course, the unit also features a range of features that are similar to other devices in the lineup. Here’s a list of just a few of the perks of Garmin’s newest device: read more

5 Reasons Why You Need a GPS Bike Computer

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As the fight to help reduce the use of fossil fuels heats up around the world, more and more people are walking, taking public transportation, and riding bicycles. And, while the average smartphone can definitely do a lot of the same tracking and such that a dedicated GPS bike computer can, there are also some major benefits to having a separate device for your bike. read more

Garmin Adds JOIN Cycling Platform to Edge 820, 1000

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Garmin announced recently that it has partnered with the cycling platform JOIN to provide some additional features to its popular Garmin Edge 820 and Edge 1000 products.

Available through the Garmin Connect IQ Store and the App Store, cyclists can use the app to find routes across the world, invite others to join them, share experiences, and even create their own routes. read more

Garmin Announces vivofit jr. for Kids

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The sport and fitness tracker is expanding at a rapid rate, and with automotive GPS starting to taper in recent years, it’s no surprise. However, most trackers are basically more of the same—designed for adults who are looking to either track their fitness, or simply get reminders to stay active. But, Garmin announced recently that it has released its first fitness tracker for kids: the vivofir jr.

This device is designed completely with children in mind from the waterproofing to the bright fun bands suitable for any child. The stretchy band comes in a variety of colors including black, broken lava, digi camo, purple strike, and a flower pattern. The tracker is designed for children ages four to eight, and there are two sizes of bands to fit every kid.  read more

REI Portland Offers GPS Basics Class

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While GPS is definitely not a new technology, it is surprisingly specialized. I am constantly shocked at how many of my friends and even my family are either completely oblivious, or else have absolutely ridiculous (and definitely incorrect) assumptions about how GPS works, how much it costs, how it can be used, and who uses it. It seems to be one of those technologies that, for most people, simply works.

So, if you have someone in your life who has been trying to understand your GPS device unsuccessfully, then Portland’s REI company has a solution. On February 22, REI will be hosting a beginner class titled GPS Navigation Basics, which anyone can sign up for. In this class, which lasts two hours, participants will learn the basics of how to use a handheld GPS device including use, marking waypoints, navigation, tracklogs, and other basic information. read more

Polar Introduces M200, New GPS Running Watch

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Polar Electro, a company that focuses on manufacturing sports training computers, recently unveiled a new GPS-enabled running watch called the Polar M200. The Polar M200 is currently available for purchase in the United States at $149.95, as well as a few other countries, and will be available globally toward the beginning of 2017.

The concept behind the Polar M200 was an easy-to-use fitness device that still boasted the latest technology. Polar wanted this watch to be good for new runners, but appealing to those who are advanced as well. read more

Garmin Releases New GPSMAP 276Cx

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Back in 2004, Garmin released the GPS 276C which was very popular, as it was an all terrain device that could be used on land and sea. Since the navigator was so well-liked, Garmin decided to revamp the device with up-to-date technology and recently unveiled the GPSMAP 276Cx.

“We’re excited to introduce a fresh and versatile update to the classic all-terrain navigator… Back by popular demand, and updated to fit the 2016 user, the GPSMAP 276Cx can handle anything users want to put it through, no matter if they are out on the water, hitting the trails or cruising through city streets,” Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales boasted. read more

Garmin Introduces Forerunner 35

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Recently, Garmin International unveiled yet another GPS-enabled running watch for its lineup. The new Forerunner 35 is said to be easy-to-use and multi-functional—designed for runs, basic activity tracking, and staying connected.

The Forerunner 35 battery lasts up to 9 days in watch mode, 13 hours in training mode, and sports a 5 ATM water rating. It can store up to 7 recent activities, automatically transfers data to your computer, and comes with a high resolution screen that can be seen both indoors and out. read more

Garmin Introduces the fēnix Chronos

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Garmin International recently unveiled its new wearable, the fēnix Chronos. This watch is a premium version of the already popular fēnix products—the fēnix 3, the fēnix 3HR, and the fēnix 3 Sapphire. Like the previous fēnix devices, the watches are multi-sport and feature navigational technologies. However, what sets this watch apart is that it will be the first watch from Garmin that combines fashionable design with adventuring.

“High-end design meets top-tier performance with fēnix Chronos,” Garmin’s vice president of sales, Dan Bartel stated. “With luxurious materials and trusted Garmin multisport technology, fēnix Chronos is a necessary timepiece for anyone who wants to remain stylish through all of life’s adventures—whether its hiking through mountains, training for a race, or heading to a formal event.” read more

Customize your Watch Face with Garmin

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Last week, Garmin International released a new app called “Face-It”. This app is available on both the Apple Store and Google Play. Face-It will essentially allow you to customize watch faces on wearable devices with access to Connect IQ.

Face-It will work with newer Garmin devices that are compatible with Connect IQ, including: Fēnix 3, Fēnix 3 HR, vívoactive, vívoactive HR, Forerunner 230, Forerunner 235, Forerunner 630, Forerunner 735XT, Forerunner 920XT, D2 Bravo, D2 Bravo Titanium, epix, quatix 3 and tactix Bravo. read more