Garmin® Blends Fitness, Fashion and Function in Forerunner® 405
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today
announced the Forerunner 405 – the latest in Garmin’s popular line of
GPS-enabled fitness devices, packing powerful functions and innovative
features into a compact size like none other. The Forerunner 405 was
announced in preparation for the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las
Vegas, and will be on display at the Garmin booth (#35832 in South 4).
“Recreational joggers and elite runners alike will be amazed at the
training tools available to them in a watch that could easily be worn
all day,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales.
“Runners no longer have to choose between fashion and function.”
Runners can track their speed, distance, heart rate and location
accurately and effortlessly, and the revolutionary patent-pending touch
bezel on the face of the watch makes navigating the options easier than
ever. Simply by tapping, holding or running a finger along the bezel,
runners can begin a new workout, access their training history or
challenge a Virtual Partner™. The Forerunner 405 makes training with a
Virtual Partner easy and efficient. Runners can adjust the Virtual
Partner’s pace without stopping in the middle of a workout, and the
Virtual Partner is always on and ready for a challenge.
The Forerunner 405 is water-resistant (IPX7) and can be used outdoors or
indoors (with an optional foot pod), making it the ultimate year-round,
all-weather training tool. And the high-sensitivity GPS receiver
sustains satellite reception, whether you’re tackling a trail or jogging
through the urban canyons of skyscrapers. When a heart-rate monitor is
used, the Forerunner 405 helps athletes train in their optimal range of
effort. An optional speed/cadence bike sensor helps cyclists monitor
their pedaling cadence and wheel speed. At only 60 grams and available
in two colors – black and sage green – the Forerunner 405 fits in at the
gym, the office or out on the town.
Once the workout is done, the training is far from over. Using ANT+Sport
technology, the Forerunner 405 sends workout data to the user’s computer
via automatic wireless data transfer. There’s no need to take off the
watch or bother with cables as the computer automatically syncs with the
Forerunner 405 as soon as the user enters the room. And the data
transfer is a two-way street. Runners, joggers, cyclists and hikers can
send courses, goals and workouts to their Forerunner 405 before they
begin, and then the data gets sent back to the user’s computer when the
workout is over. Athletes can log their workouts, track their totals,
set goals, share workouts with coaches, friends and family and
participate in an online fitness community at Garmin Connect™ — Garmin’s
online training site (connect.garmin.com) previously known as
MotionBased. Users can also share courses and workout data from one
Forerunner 405 to another through wireless data transfer.
The wireless features of the Forerunner 405 are enabled by ANT+Sport
personal area network technology. ANT+Sport is a leading wireless
interface protocol that offers all the benefits of digital wireless
communications with much lower power consumption than other wireless
About Garmin International Inc.
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 www.garmin.com/pressroom
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