Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Garmin Forerunner 50

Just noticed Garmin plans to spit out a new model of Forerunner around the 4th quarter of 2007. This new Garmin is smaller than other products in the Forerunner family and … has nothing to do with the GPS at all…

Yes, you got it right – as oxy-moron as it might sound – it is a non-GPS-enabled Garmin!
It has a foot pod, which is similar to the Nike+iPod sport kit.

On the other hand it is good news for city dwellers: my GPS-enabled Garmin never picked up the signal in Manhattan (not even in the Central Park let alone the streets), while this one should work just fine in there.

This new Garmin will be available in three packages:
Forerunner 50, Heart Rate Monitor - $106
Forerunner 50, Foot Pod - $160
Forerunner 50, Heart Rate & Foot Pod - $213

And here is the main piece of news about it:
Every package comes with a USB ANT stick, which is a wireless receiver that will automatically synch up your Forerunner 50 with your PC.

With Garmin’s innovative ANT wireless technology, your workouts are automatically transferred to your computer when your device is within range. No cables, no hookups. The data’s just there, ready for you to analyze, categorize and share through our online community, Garmin Connect, or our Garmin Training Center software.

All we need to wait for right now is the next version of a GPS-enabled Garmin Forerunner (200 are 300 series) featuring ANT wireless synchronization…

1 comment:

stephruns said...

Oh man, always something better coming out!