The Garmin Fenix is a handheld GPSr for your wrist
Garmin has announced Fenix, a new addition to their line of GPS enabled wrist watches. The Garmin Fenix was design specifically for outdoor enthusiasts, such as hikers, cyclists, hunters, geocachers and backpackers.
Previously, Garmin has been successful with their Approach Golfer’s watches and they also released a watch specifically designed for swimmers. While both of those watches were interesting and useful; they served a very small group of people, either hardcore golfers or the hardcore swimmers. I am neither of those, but I do enjoy a wider variety of outdoor activities. I currently use (and love) the Garmin GPSMap 62s and can imagine how useful it would be to have a lot of it’s features on my wrist.
The Garmin Fenix can navigate using up to 1,000 waypoints and 50,000 markers. It also displays detailed maps of your surroundings directly from the watch face. Other features include a altimeter, barometer and compass (ABC Sensors), which work together to provide users relevant real-time information. The built-in altimeter calculates elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term trends in air pressure and a 3-axis electronic compass keeps the user’s bearing whether he’s moving or not. The GPS radio allows user’s to monitor their pace, distance traveled and calories burnt. All of the Fenix’s sensors feature auto-calibration, and the watch uses your current location to automatically adjust the time and date.
The Fenix also includes both Bluetooth and ANT capabilities. That means that the Fenix can wirelessly share waypoints, geocaches, routes and tracks with other compatible Garmin devices. If that isn’t cool enough for you; There is the Basecamp mobile app, which allows users to transfer and view the same data on a more detailed map using their compatible smartphone’s larger screen.
Garmin has designed the Fenix to endure the toughest conditions. A high-strength housing makes the watch shock resistant, while a mineral glass lens prevents scratching. Garmin is claiming that the watch is waterproof to a depth of 50 meters and that it’s battery will be able to keep the Fenix running for 50 hours while in GPS mode and for up to 6 weeks in watch mode.
It sounds like the Fenix will be a very impressive addition to Garmin’s range of products. I am going to go ahead and predict that it will sell out and be very hard to get when it first launches this fall for the retail price of $400