We picked up on the US announcement of Garmin’s new Forerunner 50 fitness watch last night, but the company has now revealed the price and launch date here in the UK. It’s an innovative gadget that lets runners and walkers track their training programmes using GPS and wireless connectivity.
The watch itself connects wirelessly to a heart-rate monitor and foot pod which measure how hard you’re working out and how far you’ve run. It can record up to seven hours and 100 laps to data, which can then be transferred to your PC for analysis, and uploaded to Garmin’s own Garmin Connect site.
The wireless features are quite interesting though. The Forerunner uses ANT+Sport personal area network technology, which isn’t something I’ve heard of before, but apparently allows wireless data transfer using less power than other standards.
The Forerunner 50 with the heart-rate monitor is due on sale in October for around £69, while a version including the food pod will be available the same month for £99. If you want the foot pod AND the heart rate monitor, meanwhile, expect to pay £119.