*NEW* Garmin Vivofit 3

Following on from today’s announcement of the VIVOACTIVE HR, Garmin also today announced the VIVOFIT 3.

It’s a low-end activity tracker with NO HR (external ANT+ strap supported) and NO GPS. A bit steep at £80/$100 when it hits the shops in late Spring 2016.

Because it doesn’t do too much the battery will likely last a decade before you lose the device. Well, a year, until you buy another version.

It comes in a nice-looking black band. Garmin then spoil the party, see below, with the introduction of numerous awful looking differently-banded versions. Sigh.

It’s differentiator from the pack will be the INTENSITY MINUTES and MOVE IQ. Intensity minutes give more vigorous activities a higher ranking towards your daily target (which is great). Others like Polar and MIO (PAI) do the same sort of thing. MOVE IQ is an automatic movement detection algorithm to detect exactly what you are doing – likely MOVE IQ will not work quite as advertised. We shall see.

Garmin® introduces vívofit® 3 featuring Move IQ™ automatic activity detection

Garmin-Vivofit-3

We’re excited to today announce vívofit 3, a daily activity tracker1 with one-year battery life and Garmin Move IQ. Building on the company’s popular activity tracker, the vívofit 3 adds new features including Move IQ auto activity detection and intensity minutes2. Capturing activities such as walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical training, the vívofit 3 keeps up with users throughout the entire day. Designed for 24/7 wearability, it is water resistant to 50 meters, has one-year battery life and can be personalized with an array of colorful interchangeable accessory bands, designs from the Garmin Style Collection and new styles from the Jonathan Adler + Garmin line. The vívofit 3 is being announced in conjunction with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and will be showcased at the Garmin booth #CS 90.

“Once again our vívofit has set itself apart from the pack as a leader in helping users develop lifelong healthy habits with its latest edition the vívofit 3,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Key features including one-year battery life, water resistance and our move bar are paired with exciting new developments like Move IQ to offer a full package to people wanting to take a step toward a healthier lifestyle.”

With Move IQ, a new feature that continuously monitors for periods of sustained activity, the vívofit 3 automatically recognizes walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical training. By accessing Garmin Connect™, a free online fitness community that the vívofit 3 automatically syncs to throughout the day3, users will be able to analyze a complete picture of daily activities in a convenient Timeline view. They can also track sleep patterns and trends, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges.

Garmin Connect gets to know users and delivers meaningful insights based off their data to help them reach health and wellness goals. Smart wellness insights provide cues to help users reach personalized daily goals set by vívofit 3 based on their current activity levels, shout-outs when milestones have been met and relevant healthy tips from experts. Insights also show users how they are doing in comparison to people like them for extra motivation.

The vívofit 3 features a backlit display that shows steps, calories, distance, intensity minutes and time of day. Its move bar with audible alert reminds users when they have been inactive too long. A couple minutes of activity will reset the move bar, keeping users motivated to stay continuously active during their day which can help counter the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Water resistant to 50 meters and featuring a user replaceable battery that lasts up to one year, users rarely ever have to take off their vívofit 3.

Vivofit3_style collection_Gabrielle

The vívofit 3 will begin shipping in Q2. It will be available bundled with a regular or extra large sized black band for $99.99, a regular sized white band for $99.99, and a regular sized dark camo band for $109.99. The Garmin Style Collection’s Gabrielle bundle will include a small sized black quilted band and white waves band for $119.99.

Interchangeable accessory bands will be available in regular and extra large sized two packs for $29.99 each. Two pack options include marsala and white, slate and borealis, slate and marsala, camo and orange, and pink camo and white.

The Jonathan Adler + Garmin for vívofit 3 Bali and Capri two pack designs will be available in regular sized bands for $39.99.

Vivofit3_Jonathan Adler_Bali Vivofit3_Jonathan Adler_Capri

The Alexandra accessory pack from the Garmin Style Collection will include three small sized bands (designs include white quilted, pink waves, and blue braided) for $39.99.

Vivofit3_style collection_Alexandra

The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

Leave a Reply