Smartwatches are usually marketed in a couple of different ways. There are smartwatches that are created for those who just want a wearable to receive their notifications on, and then there are those that are designed for outdoor or fitness enthusiasts. However, it seems that Garmin believes that there could be another market segment – gamers.
The company has since unveiled the Garmin Instinct Esports Edition smartwatch, which the company claims is a smartwatch with features that cater to gamers. For the most part, it is a standard smartwatch with all your typical health tracking features, except that Garmin wants to use that data to help gamers understand when they might be feeling stressed during a game and perhaps learn from that.
According to Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of sales, “Players can also use Instinct’s data to make adjustments in their daily lives, whether it be altering sleep patterns or activity levels, which can result in increased cognitive and physical performance during play.” The watch features a MIL-STD 810 when it comes to ruggedness, and also an impressive 80 hour battery life in eSports mode, or 14 days in regular mode.
Garmin has also created the STR3AMUP! PC streaming tool which apparently will let gamers stream their biometric data like their heart rates or stress levels for their viewers who might be curious. It’s an interesting device and if you’re keen on getting your hands on it, the Garmin Instinct Esports Edition can be yours for $300.