Garmin has announced a couple new GPS devices for golfers that are handheld and rugged. The devices include the Approach G7 and the Approach G8. The devices both have color touchscreens and have over 30,000 international courses loaded inside. The machines use a rechargeable battery that will last for multiple rounds per charge.
Garmin knows it can't count on the in-car navigation market to carry its fortunes, and so the company is ramping up its wearables focus, kicking off CES 2014 with the vivofit band. Tracking both movement and sleep, the vivofit hooks up to a computer via Bluetooth 4.0 or an ANT+ dongle, but the best news could be the battery life: Garmin says it'll last for a year on a single set of replaceable batteries.
Garmin's vivofit fitness band is the latest entrant into the rather packed fitness-centric wearables market. The company says its vivofit is the only fitness band that has an automatic daily personalized goal greeting, and that it offers other things like a prod when it is time to get exercising and the ability track one's progress. Despite its size, the fitness has a small curved display that is always on.
As with the vast number of products we've seen today and over the weekend, among them being a host of devices from Lenovo and LaCie, Garmin has introduce a batch of navigation-related devices. The HUD+ has been debuted, along with a new smartphone app, as well as the first nuvi navigators with 6-inch displays and the first nuvi that comes with a wireless backup camera.
Among Garmin's various navigation-related products introduced here at CES 2014, the company has rolled out the red carpet for its new Garmin Dash Cam, a dashboard camera for cars that offers, among other things, automatic incidence detection. The camera has a variety of functionality for drivers who want a constant recording of their driving activities, and as such provides an extra layer of security in the unfortunate event of a collision or other incident.
Garmin has announced a new navigation core aimed directly at automotive manufactures. The new navigation core is called Gemini and is designed to allow for more realistic 3D graphics on in-dash navigation systems offered by auto manufacturers. Garmin says that Gemini will bring a more intuitive and feature-rich in-dash navigation experience to drivers than previously available.
Garmin has been busy rolling out GPS watches over the last several weeks. The navigation company previously rolled out a watch called the Approach for golfers and the D2 GPS watch for pilots. Garmin has now rolled out a new GPS watch designed specifically for law enforcement and police special operations use.
Garmin has been rolling out several GPS equipped watches for specific needs recently including the D2 Pilot aimed at private pilots. Garmin has now announced a new GPS equipped watch aimed at golfers called the Approach S4 GPS golf watch. The watch has a high-resolution touchscreen display designed to be sunlight readable.