At IFA Garmin has unveiled their latest Vivosmart fitness band, bringing with it a number of new features including sleep and energy tracking as well as a ‘pulse ox’ blood oxygen monitor.
The pulse ox tracks your blood oxygen levels at night, which when combined with sleep tracking which can estimate your stages of restfulness from light, deep and REM stages of sleep, as well as movement throughout the night, allowing you to gain insights into your sleep habits and rest.
The inclusion of sleep tracking and the pulse ox meter is a big step for Garmin, with Adam Howarth, General Manager Garmin Australasia pointing out that
Sleep quality plays a critical role in overall physical health. Poor sleep quality may contribute to the development of significant chronic conditions. With its slim design, the vívosmart 4 is comfortable to wear at night and pulse ox provides customers with information they can use to improve their health.
The other new feature is the inclusion of the ‘Body Battery’ energy tracker which tracks your energy levels throughout the day which can give you an idea of when the best time to rest, workout or sleep is. The Body Battery uses a combination of factors gathered from sensors on the tracker measuring your stress, heart rate variability (HRV), sleep and activity to give you the best recommendation – a high Body Battery score means it’s time to workout, while a lower number shows it’s time to rest.
The Garmin Vivosmart 4 is ultra-slim and mixes smarts and style in a fashionable band that’s available in multiple colours with metallic trim in silver, gold and rose gold, while still being water resistant enough to take for a swim. Garmin will offer the Vivosmart 4 in berry with gold bezel, powder grey with rose gold bezel, azure blue with silver bezel, and black with slate bezel for $199 in small/medium or large sizes from Garmin.