January 27, 2021
The health and fitness wearable maker Garmin unveiled its latest smartwatch Wednesday, called Lily, which the company is pitching as a product “designed by women, for women.”
Lily is Garmin’s smallest watch yet, with a 34mm watch face and 14mm band meant to “enhance the overall feminine aesthetic,” Garmin said in the announcement.
Despite its smaller frame, the watch contains the same health and...
November 10, 2020
Fitness wearables-maker Garmin today announced new pregnancy-tracking features that can be added to its compatible smartwatches for expecting parents.
With the newly released app in the Connect IQ store, expecting parents can track their pregnancy timeline, get updates on their baby’s size and movements, log their symptoms and mood, receive educational material on pregnancy health, and update...
October 22, 2020
Last week Garmin launched its new scale, dubbed Index S2, which is able to send weight and health data to a connected app.
In addition to body weight, users can tap into the scale for insights on body fat percentage, BMI, skeletal muscle mass, bone mass and body water percentage. Users can also see their weight trends over time, as the screen can show a graph of the last 30 days.
All of the...
September 16, 2020
Garmin released a new fitness smartwatch designed specifically for runners and triathletes, the Forerunner 745.
The watch is an update to the Forerunner 735XT and contains training data, on-device workouts and smartwatch features.
Key features include fitness tracking data like VO2 max levels, which indicate the maximum level of oxygen a person can consume per kilogram of body weight at maximum...
June 30, 2020
Garmin announced today that it has purchased Firstbeat Technologies' Firstbeat Analytics, its business unit responsible for physiological-measurement algorithms for use with consumer health and wellness devices. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Jyvaskyla, Finland, Firstbeat Analytics has been providing software that interprets various data collected from sensors. It has...
March 27, 2020
Two medical research organizations have kicked off new efforts this week that seek to use consumer-health wearables to identify or event predict the onset of disease.
The first is the DETECT (Digital Engagement & Tracking for Early Control & Treatment) Study, headed by the Scripps Research Translational Institute. It combines heart-rate, activity and sleep data collected through a range...
February 11, 2020
The accuracy of wearables employing photoplethysmography (PPG)-based heart rate sensors may vary significantly between specific devices and activity types, but these sensors’ performances do not appear to be significantly affected by the skin tone of the wearer, according to a new study published in NPJ Digital Medicine.
The investigation, conducted by Duke University researchers among 53...
December 2, 2019
Garmin is fleshing out the sleep health potential of its wearables thanks to a newly-announced collaboration with Sleeprate.
Now, the Israeli app maker will be able to access the Garmin Health Companion SDK for a more fleshed out look at device wearers’ sleep and activity data, and will use these to offer improved tracking and personalized insights for those interested in how workouts and nightly...
September 5, 2019
Health and fitness tracking features are front and center in Garmin’s new series of watches, released this morning.
The wearable giant's premier launch was the Venu, a GPS smartwatch with an AMOLED display. It comes with 24-7 fitness monitoring including advanced sleep with a pulse oximeter, respiration tracking, abnormal heart rate alerts, menstrual cycle tracking, stress tracking with...
May 30, 2019
Consumer tech firm Garmin has inked a deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s wellness program Blue365. As part of the agreement, its members can buy a Garmin wearable at a reduced rate.
“Garmin Health is excited to collaborate with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association on an innovative program like Blue365,” Sean McNamara, Garmin Health Manager, said in a statement. “Garmin wearable...