Meet Vivofit – Garmin's wearable personal “fitness trainer”


As wearable smart gadgets gain popularity, we see lots of new models get unveiled every day. It comes to no surprise that one of the biggest GPS makers out there, Garmin, has just announced its own wristband, too. Called the Vivofit, the gadget is a sleek personal exercise assistant, which will encourage and “nudge” you to exercise more.

Simply put, Vivofit is a step and sleep monitor. It informs you how many steps you've made, the overall distance you have walked and the amount of calories you have burned. According to Garmin, Vivofit “moves at the pace of your life” - the fitness band automatically sets achievable daily goals, which will gradually increase every day.

What's more, just like a real fitness trainer, Vivofit will frequently urge you to get up from the couch and move – if you have been inactive for more than a hour, a red bar shall appear on the display of Garmin's gadget. If you remain idle, the red bar will increase in size. In order to get rid of it, you will have to get up and walk for at least a couple of minutes.

In addition, the wearable fitness band will monitor your sleep patterns. The data, which is wirelessly synced to the Garmin Connect app on your smartphone via Bluetooth, allows you to check your total sleep hours, as well as periods of movement and restful sleep while in bed.

Vivofit is water resistant, weighs no more or less than 25 gr and comes with a battery, which is said to last more than a year. The fitness band will be priced at $129.99. A version with a heart rate monitor, which will cost $169.99, will be available as well. Garmin's Vivofit is expected to hit the shelves sometime in Q1 2014 and will come in several different colors.

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source: Garmin via Gizmodo

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