[CES 2014] The wearable device trend is catching on, which is why we’re seeing the market inundated with various gadgets that latch onto the human body and try to make our lives easier. Garmin has announced one such product today. Called the Vívofit, it is billed as a stylish and lightweight fitness band which has been designed to “turn good intentions into lifelong habits.” It happens to be the only fitness band available right now that greets users with a personalized daily goal, then continues to track their progress and remind when when its time to move around to achieve those goals. It displays steps, calories, distance, time of day and goal countdown on a curved display that is always on.The Vívofit has batteries which last over one year, batteries are user removable so replacing them won’t be much of a headache. It is compatible with ANT+ heart rate monitors for fitness activites and is also water resistant up to 50m. The fitness band keeps an eye on users’ current activity level and assigns an attainable goal. Goals are adjusted for the next day as milestones are met. In order to get people to move as much as possible, Vívofit displays a red move bar after one hour of inactivity, the bar builds up if users have been sitting for a long time.
Simply walking for a few minutes gets rid of the red bar. The band can be wirelessly synced with Garmin Connect at the touch of a button. Garmin Connect is a free online fitness community where users can view graphs and reports of their progress, including but not limited to total sleep hours and periods of movement. Garmin Vívofit will begin shipping in Q1 2014, it will retail for $129.99 and for $169.99 with a heart rate monitor bundle. The fitness band will be available in black, purple, teal, blue and slate in both small and large sizes.
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