January 3, 2008

CES 2008: Garmin Forerunner 405

Garmin announced the Forerunner 405 -- the latest in Garmin's popular line of GPS-enabled fitness devices, packing powerful functions and innovative features into a compact size like none other. The smaller form factor, based on the Garmin Forerunner 50, a watch style form factor, allows for a lot of capability in a small easy to use shape. Unlike the Forerunner 50, the unit does contain a GPS chipset, and unlike any other GPS the Forerunner 405 interacts with a touchscreen, reminiscent of the iPhone. Gestures and swirls control the interface and give you the ability to create new workouts or access their workout history. Very cool.

Below is a video from Garmin Blogs....

"Recreational joggers and elite runners alike will be amazed at the training tools available to them in a watch that could easily be worn all day," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Runners no longer have to choose between fashion and function."

Runners can track their speed, distance, heart rate and location accurately and effortlessly, and the revolutionary patent-pending touch bezel on the face of the watch makes navigating the options easier than ever. Simply by tapping, holding or running a finger along the bezel, runners can begin a new workout, access their training history or challenge a Virtual Partner(TM). The Forerunner 405 makes training with a Virtual Partner easy and efficient. Runners can adjust the Virtual Partner's pace without stopping in the middle of a workout, and the Virtual Partner is always on and ready for a challenge.

The Forerunner 405 is water-resistant (IPX7) and can be used outdoors or indoors (with an optional foot pod), making it the ultimate year-round, all-weather training tool. And the high-sensitivity GPS receiver sustains satellite reception, whether you're tackling a trail or jogging through the urban canyons of skyscrapers. When a heart-rate monitor is used, the Forerunner 405 helps athletes train in their optimal range of effort. An optional speed/cadence bike sensor helps cyclists monitor their pedaling cadence and wheel speed. At only 60 grams and available in two colors -- black and sage green -- the Forerunner 405 fits in at the gym, the office or out on the town.

Once the workout is done, the training is far from over. Using ANT+Sport technology, the Forerunner 405 sends workout data to the user's computer via automatic wireless data transfer. There's no need to take off the watch or bother with cables as the computer automatically syncs with the Forerunner 405 as soon as the user enters the room. And the data transfer is a two-way street. Runners, joggers, cyclists and hikers can send courses, goals and workouts to their Forerunner 405 before they begin, and then the data gets sent back to the user's computer when the workout is over. Athletes can log their workouts, track their totals, set goals, share workouts with coaches, friends and family and participate in an online fitness community at Garmin Connect(TM) -- Garmin's online training site (connect.garmin.com) previously known as MotionBased. Users can also share courses and workout data from one Forerunner 405 to another through wireless data transfer.

The wireless features of the Forerunner 405 are enabled by ANT+Sport personal area network technology. ANT+Sport is a leading wireless interface protocol that offers all the benefits of digital wireless communications with much lower power consumption than other wireless protocols.

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 3, 2008 7:13 PM

Recent Comments

I've used the unit for about two years in Phoenix and find it severely lacking. It takes quite a long time to acquire the GPS satellites (I sometimes think the unit has frozen) and the touch-bezel is poorly designed. The touch bezel is meant to allow you to simply tap the bezel and switch screens, but if it is hot out, or you are sweating, the bezel doesn't sense properly: long sleeve shirts will activate the bezel, and often I find that my finger will not. The only solution to this is to lock the bezel so that the controls are inoperative and the screen doesn't change. But then, that sort of defeats the point of having a watch with multiple screens.

Posted by: Patent Attorney Arizona at August 17, 2010 3:52 PM
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