Garmin Reveals GPS-Enabled Forerunner 610 Touch Watch

Garmin Reveals GPS-Enabled Forerunner 610 Touch Watch

What happens when Garmin, a company traditionally associated with GPS units, tackles a watch? A GPS watch pops out! The company has actually produced a few GPS-enabled wristwatches in the past, but only this week have they introduced one with a touchscreen face. The new Forerunner 610 sports watch is the company's latest, and it's both weather-proof and rather sleek given the technology that's inside. It's designed to be worn by athletes or active consumers who need something sweat-proof and capable of dishing out directions, and there's also a vibration motor for alerts such as heart rate, pace and distance when audible tones cannot be heard (heart monitor included in some bundles or available separately). 


With the heart rate monitor, Forerunner 610 also allows runners to track their training intensity via the new Training Effect feature. With the right information, it is not necessary to be a coach or sports scientist to help you train effectively. Training Effect measures the impact of exercise on aerobic fitness and lets you know how the workout improves your fitness during the workout. The new Virtual Racer feature allows runners to race themselves over their previous bests or against other users, and with the expanded Garmin Connect, you can put those numbers up against others. . Garmin Connect displays metrics such as time, distance, pace, elevation and heart rate. This information is shown through charts, illustrations, reports and a variety of map representations including street, photo, topographic, and elevation maps.

The only problem is likely the ~$350 price point. That high, only the most avid of runners will probably take notice.

Garmin® Adds Its First Touchscreen GPS Watch to Forerunner® Family

OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the Forerunner 610 sports watch – a slim, yet robust and weather-proof touchscreen solution for serious runners seeking an extra advantage. Forerunner 610 can stand up to rain, sweat and splashes, and is responsive enough that it can be operated with running gloves. Forerunner 610 was announced in preparation for world-class marathons in Boston and London as well as the Australian fitness expo where it will be prominently displayed at Garmin booths in each location.

"From giving the basics such as pace, distance and time to monitoring your effort through heart rate, creating interval workouts and racing a friend on the other side of the world, Forerunner 610 becomes a necessary partner for all serious runners."

"Running with Forerunner 610 is like having a coach with you every step of the way," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "From giving the basics such as pace, distance and time to monitoring your effort through heart rate, creating interval workouts and racing a friend on the other side of the world, Forerunner 610 becomes a necessary partner for all serious runners."

Now it is easier than ever to see how far, how fast and how hard you have worked. Forerunner 610 puts it all at your fingertips. Designed for the runner who is constantly seeking improvement, Forerunner 610 is Garmin's new flagship model. Forerunner 610's sleek stylish design complements the highly responsive touch screen and high resolution display. This innovative design has drawn praise from the International design community by winning the coveted Red Dot Design Award, the world's largest and most renowned design competition in a field of thousands of submissions from over 60 countries. To see the Forerunner 610 in action, go to www.garmin.com/touch.
Forerunner 610 uses a vibration motor for alerts such as heart rate, pace and distance when audible tones cannot be heard (heart monitor included in some bundles or available separately). With the heart rate monitor, Forerunner 610 also allows runners to track their training intensity via the new Training Effect feature. With the right information, it is not necessary to be a coach or sports scientist to help you train effectively. Training Effect measures the impact of exercise on aerobic fitness and lets you know how the workout improves your fitness during the workout.

In a true race against the clock, Forerunner 610 introduces Virtual Racer™. With this new feature, Garmin has an answer for every excuse - no more, "I could have beaten that time" - where runners can race themselves over their previous bests or against other users'. These can be taken from runs stored on the watch or downloaded wirelessly from the huge and expanding Garmin Connect™ running community (http://connect.garmin.com). Here users can quickly and easily log their workouts, track their totals, set goals, share workouts with friends and family and participate in an online fitness community of more than 50 million activities around the world. Garmin Connect displays metrics such as time, distance, pace, elevation and heart rate. This information is shown through charts, illustrations, reports and a variety of map representations including street, photo, topographic, and elevation maps.

With the growing popularity of the run/walk training method in the distance running community (example: a runner runs for five minutes, walks for one minute and repeats for the duration of the course), Garmin has included a new run/walk alert. This alert allows Forerunner 610's other features, such as, Auto Lap and Auto Pause, to remain active during a run/walk session.

Forerunner 610 is the latest breakthrough from Garmin, which has spent more than 20 years developing technologies and innovations to enhance users' lives, making Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries. For more about features, pricing and availability, as well as information about Garmin's other products and services, go to www.garmin.com, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin. To watch step-by-step, feature-specific tutorial videos for Forerunner 610 and other Garmin products, visit the online learning center at www.garmin.com/learningcenter.
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Not a bad idea,if I had enough spare cash on me to buy this new garmin product.

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Looks pretty cool. I was pricing these earlier this year but couldn't decide on one. Not sure I like the price of this one enough though.

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Yeah I can see the uses for this. I don't know if you would need the GPS for jogging though as I would imagine in most cases that would be done somewhere near your home generally. I guess if you went jogging on vacation, or maybe if you went hiking I could see a lot of use for this as a GPS. It would also be very useful when away from home on vacation or business for sure. The heart meter etc could be useful at home as could the training features, records, heart rate etc. The water proof specs are also very nice. $350 seems pretty steep to me though even with the features, I could see 200 maybe even 250 with all the capabilities but 350 is on the high side. This is also a new device though, so I imagine that price will go down as well, so this one might be good to watch out for next Christmas as a gift or personally. If the volume on them is super low we might see them for $200 or so then.

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The Garmin Forerunner has been on my wishlist for awhile and each time I say to myself I will wait until the price goes down a little. Before that even happens they keep on releasing updated versions. I have decided to just hold off on purchasing one of these until I'm sure it is something I need and not something I want. They do have lots of great features though for all you fitness enthusiasts.

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