Introducing Garmin® epix™: The First-of-its-Kind Hands-free Navigation Device
Rugged Watch Boasts 1.4” Color Touchscreen, Preloaded Mapping, Navigation and Smart Watch Functionality
Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced epix, the first-of-its-kind, rugged GPS mapping watch for
outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for a hands-free navigator.
Featuring a 1.4” high-resolution color touchscreen, epix comes preloaded
with a worldwide shaded relief basemap, a free 1-year subscription to
BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, plus 8 GB of built-in memory for additional
maps. Epix boasts an omni-directional EXO™ steel antenna with GPS and
GLONASS support for a quick fix and accurate position, as well as
traditional altimeter/barometer/compass functionality. Epix is also
compatible with ANT+ sensors like heart rate monitors and Tempe™
temperature sensor for even more data. Additionally, epix supports the
Connect IQ™ store for customization and smartwatch capabilities. With a
full menu of outdoor and navigation features, epix allows users to not
only track where they’ve been, but plan for what’s ahead, right from
Epix is being showcased with the wide-ranging line of purpose-built
Garmin wearables in the Garmin booth (South Hall 4 #35811) at this
“For the first time, we’re able to pack the punch of an outdoor handheld
GPS into a wearable device,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of
worldwide sales. “Garmin is already a leader in GPS wearables, and we’re
excited to kick things up a notch with epix by adding preloaded mapping
and extra storage to an extremely rugged watch that can handle the most
Epix features a 1.4” color touchscreen display, which allows users to
pan and swipe across the watch face to access vivid, detailed maps. It
comes preloaded with a worldwide shaded relief basemap, a free one-year
subscription to BirdsEye Satellite imagery, and TOPO US 100K on some
models. Plus, 8GB of internal memory to supports additional mapping like
TOPO 24K or BlueChart® g2 maps. Epix also boasts a 50m water rating1,
and extended battery life with up to 24 hours in watch mode, 50 hours in
UltraTrac mode and 16 weeks in watch mode2.
Epix uses the new high-sensitivity EXO antenna with GPS and GLONASS
support, which means a stronger signal and quicker fix. When connected
to GPS, epix has a full suite of navigation features like track
recording and navigation, as well as waypoint and coordinate navigation.
Users can also reverse their tracklog back to the start using the
TracBack feature, or navigate to a location within sight, but not
necessarily accessible due to terrain, using Sight ‘N Go.
Equipped with auto-calibrating sensors, epix provides relevant real-time
information right from the user’s wrist. The altimeter provides
elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, while the
barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term
changes in air pressure. The 3-axis electronic compass allows users to
keep their bearings, no matter if they’re in a deep canyon or heavy
In addition to the navigation features, epix is also a full-featured
fitness training watch, so users don’t need to change watches between
activities. With different profiles for running, cycling, swimming,
ski/board and indoor training, epix can record distance, pace, speed,
calories burned and more. When paired with a heart rate monitor, epix
can estimate the user’s VO2 max, and provide a recovery check after
intense workouts3. Epix can also record advanced running
dynamics4, which includes cadence, vertical oscillation and
ground contact time to improve the user’s running economy.
Connect IQ & Wireless Connectivity
With Connect IQ, epix can be completely customized to suit the needs of
the user. Connect IQ is the first-ever open platform for third-party
developers to create apps and widgets for Garmin products. Through the
Connect IQ store in the Garmin Connect Mobile app, users can upload
customized apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces to make their epix
even smarter, and to suit their specific lifestyles.
Garmin is working with several app developers that are creating epix
apps for the Connect IQ store. Tempo,
for example, is building a smart calendar app that will let users see
their upcoming events, and send an email from their watch if they are
running late. LifeLine
Response personal safety app is expanding to include Garmin devices
with 24/7 Professional Safety. AccuWeather will
offer an app to give users air quality and allergy information at a
glance. iSKI is
working on an app to provide the latest weather, snow, lift and slope
information at a glance. Octane Fitness is
building an app to bridge the gap between outdoor runs and indoor
workouts on the Octane Zero Runner to seamlessly track all workout
a muscle oxygen sensor, is creating an app that monitors the oxygenation
of critical muscles during a workout, so users can have more insight on
what is happening within their muscles.
In addition to Connect IQ, epix is equipped with even more wireless
connectivity. The Smart Notification feature allows users to pair their
smartphone5 with the watch to receive call, text and email
alerts right on their wrist, no matter if their phone is buried deep in
their pack. Through Bluetooth® and the Garmin
Connect Mobile app, users can seamlessly upload their data, or start
at LiveTrack session, allowing invited friends and family to follow
along in real time while out on the trail or during a training session.
Epix can also act as a wireless remote for the Garmin VIRB® Elite action
cam. Using ANT+™, users can start and stop recording and take stills
right from their wrist. In addition to heart rate monitors, epix is
compatible with a variety of other ANT+ accessories such as tempe and
the speed/cadence sensor.
Epix will be available for purchase in Q1 of 2015. Epix will have a
suggested retail price of $549.99, and epix TOPO US 100K will have a
suggested retail price of $599.99.
Epix is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment,
which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance
users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching,
golfing, dog training, or capturing it all on VIRB action cameras,
Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor
enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other
outdoor products and services, go to http://www.garmin.com/outdoors, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.
For 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including
automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more
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2 Depending on settings.
3 Heart rate monitor sold separately.
4 When paired with HRM-Run™.
5 Examples of compatible phones include: iPhone® 4S &
later, Android™ 4.3, Galaxy S3 or later, Galaxy Note 3 or HTC One, phone
must be Bluetooth Smart. For the full list of compatible smartphones, click
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