Garmin has today launched the Forerunner 225, a GPS running watch that measures heart rate accurately. Garmin talks about the optical heart rate technology from Mio at work, which uses an advanced light filtering process and provides EKG grade accuracy, thus making the Forerunner suitable for hardcore athletes.
Besides functioning as a customary activity tracker for measuring steps taken, distance traveled and calories burnt, Forerunner 225 specializes with colorful graphic interface that conveniently reflects zones (warm-up, easy, aerobic, threshold or maximum heart rate zone) and beats per minute for runners. A move bar vibrates and reminds users when they have been a bit lethargic. It can also monitor sleep.
“After more than 10 years of developing GPS running watches we are very excited to team up with Mio to introduce our first device featuring wrist-based heart rate,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Getting and understanding your heart rate is more comfortable and easier than ever with the Forerunner 225’s real time results on a colorful gauge – allowing runners to evaluate and adjust effort quickly so they can focus on their run.”
Garmin Forerunner 225 is water resistant up to 50 meters and boasts of up to 4 weeks of battery backup. It allows athletes to set goals and keep them motivated through their day. The Forerunner 225 will be available in Black/ Red colors for 26,500 INR.
“We are proud of our partnership with Garmin. When the leading brand in GPS teams up with a leading brand in wrist-based heart rate monitoring technology, it’s a win for athletes at all levels,” says Liz Dickinson, CEO of Mio Global. “More and more, athletes are recognizing the role that heart rate plays in their training intensity and efficacy, and it has become evident that heart rate is a must-have feature in wearable technology.”