OLATHE, Kan., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Garmin International
Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced the Forerunner
50 -- an affordable, sleek and intelligent way to help runners and walkers
track their workouts, automatically store their data and reach their
personal fitness goals. The announcement strengthens Garmin's role as an
innovation leader in the fitness world and reinforces the company's
commitment to enriching its customers' lives.
"A healthy lifestyle doesn't have to come at a great sacrifice of time
and money," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales,
"and the Forerunner 50 provides runners, walkers and cyclists with a
cost-effective training tool that is compact and convenient. Whether you're
training diligently for a race or taking a leisurely stroll, the Forerunner
50 helps you get the most out of your time spent exercising."
The central element of the Forerunner 50 system is an advanced fitness
watch, which interfaces wirelessly with other fitness devices such as a
heart rate monitor or a foot pod that monitors speed and distance. The
system includes a wireless USB ANT(TM) Stick that plugs into the user's PC
and automatically downloads workout data stored on the watch to a personal
computer. No cables are necessary as the Forerunner 50 synchronizes with
the computer once it is in close proximity. Depending on the model
purchased, the Forerunner 50 accurately monitors and records heart rate or
speed and distance or all of the above. The workouts themselves are made
easier with the Forerunner 50 as its heart rate monitor and foot pod
activate automatically upon movement, removing the need to turn the
lightweight accessories on and off.
With this entry-level fitness watch priced at under $100, Garmin
broadens its appeal to the millions of consumers who want to burn calories
in a cost-effective manner. While the Forerunner 50 processes much of the
same data as its GPS-enabled predecessors, those functions are packaged in
a very compact device the size of a typical fitness watch. The Forerunner
50 can track and record up to seven hours and 100 laps of detailed exercise
data. And because the Forerunner 50 records its data from the heart rate
monitor and foot pod, users can exercise indoors -- for example, accurately
monitoring their heart rate while on a treadmill or tracking how far they
walk each day in the office. The foot pod enables the Forerunner 50 to
track and record speed, distance, cadence, steps and calories burned.
Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy the versatile options of adding a bike speed
and cadence sensor and a handy bike mount.
When used with Garmin Connect(TM) -- Garmin's online training site --
the Forerunner's benefits continue long after the workout. By pairing the
Forerunner 50 with Garmin Connect, users can automatically log their
workouts, track their totals, share workouts with coaches, friends and
family and participate in an online fitness community with similar
The Forerunner 50 and USB ANT(TM) Stick with Heart Rate Monitor is
expected to be available in October and has an estimated retail price of
$99. It includes an owner's manual.
The Forerunner 50 and USB ANT(TM) Stick with Foot Pod is expected to be
available in October and has an estimated retail price of $149. It includes
an owner's manual.
The Forerunner 50 and USB ANT(TM) Stick with Foot Pod and Heart Rate
Monitor is expected to be available in October at select retailers and has
an estimated retail price of $199. It includes an owner's manual.
The wireless features of the Forerunner 50 are enabled by ANT+Sport
personal area network technology. ANT+Sport is a leading wireless interface
protocol enabling ultra low power applications like fitness monitors.
ANT+Sport offers all the benefits of digital wireless communications with
much lower power consumption than other wireless protocols.
The Forerunner 50 was announced at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City,
August 8, 2007. Learn more about the Forerunner 50, ANT+Sport and Garmin
Connect by visiting the Forerunner 50 mini site at
http://www.garmin.com/buzz/fr50/. Additional information about Garmin's
other product announcements may be found at http://www.garmin.com.
Garmin International, Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:
GRMN) group of companies which designs, manufactures, markets, and sells
navigation, communication and information devices and applications -- most
of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in consumer and
general aviation navigation and its products serve the automotive/mobile,
outdoor/fitness, marine, and aviation markets. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated
in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the
United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit
Garmin's virtual pressroom at http://www.garmin.com/pressroom, or contact
the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and Forerunner are
registered trademarks, ANT and ANT+Sport are trademarks and Garmin Connect
is a service mark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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SOURCE Garmin International Inc.