CES 2014: Garmin Debuts New Fitness Band, the Vivofit

Garmin's new Vivofit fitness band tracks your level of fitness and sets goals based on your performance.

During CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Garmin stepped into the fitness band market with a new product of their own. The Vivofit will track your daily steps, heart rate, calories burned and sleep patterns, while also displaying the time and distance traveled. It is waterproof and only requires one battery charge per year, thanks to two replaceable batteries.

The Vivofit is very goal-oriented. According to the company, it's the first fitness band that will set goals after it learns your fitness and activity levels. The goals will then increase in difficulty as you reach milestones. The band will send you updates on your progress and set reminders and alerts if you've been inactive for too long.

Garmin spokesperson Johan-Till Broer explained the concept to mashable.com. He said, "Vivofit uses an algorithm that takes into account previous daily activity levels of the user. If the user consistently meets their step goal, the goal will gradually increase to account for the activity levels of the user and nudge them to continue to increase. If the user fails to meet their goal for a couple days, the algorithm will compensate and lower the goal to a value that is attainable and realistic for the user."

Vivofit's free online community will give you the opportunity to join online challenges with other users and compete for virtual badges.

The Vivofit is offered in two sizes (small and large) and five colors: black, purple, teal, blue and slate. The standard version retails for $129.99, and a bundle that includes a heart rate monitor sells for $169.99.


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