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Stuff’s Top 5 Wearables in 2015

Wearables got everywhere in 2015, as was expected from the wrist-based computing tech. We’ve come a long way from those massively-overpriced wrist calculator watches. Now you can get yourself a massively-overpriced wrist computer watch. And we’re okay with that. We had a lot of wearables show up this year but South Africa is not quite as fertile ground for them as other places in the w...[Read More]

Garmin reveals new fitness tracker and rather attractive smart scale

Garmin has revealed two new slices of fitness tech designed to keep you looking your very best. Its newly refreshed Vivosmart HR activity tracker now has a built-in optical heart rate sensor which will track your ticker throughout the day which, over time, should let you know just how much fitter (or indeed, unhealthier) you’re getting. Despite monitoring your heart rate 24/7, the new Vivofi...[Read More]

Shake to edit with TomTom’s Bandit action cam

Action cameras are becoming so commonplace that, if it’s high-quality video you’re after, you’re utterly spoilt for choice. How do you stand out in a market that’s dominated by GoPro and has myriad contenders chasing the (not-insignificant) scraps? If you’re TomTom, you shift the focus from hardware – which, seemingly, anyone can get right – to software. The TomTom Bandit’s 4K at 15fps, 1080...[Read More]

Garmin Vivoactive: Jack of most trades, master of some

The Garmin Vivoactive is part smartwatch, part sports watch and part fitness tracker. While it plays some of these roles very well, being a Jack of so many trades it’s only a master of some. Nonetheless, Garmin has managed to cram a plethora of features into a surprisingly svelte device that offers far longer battery life than we’d expected, and that’s a great start. Being a Garm...[Read More]

Use a VivoFit and are on Discovery? Have some Vitality points (but you have to work for them)

Welcome to the world of fitness trackers, where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter – to anyone except you, your social network and the folks hoovering up your exercise data so that the robots will eventually know all our weaknesses. Till now, that is. Discovery and Garmin have teamed up here in SA to get you working out harder than ever before – without needin...[Read More]

Garmin snaps up local start-up iKubu for its Backtracker radar tech

US-based navigation equipment business Garmin has acquired South African start-up iKubu for an undisclosed sum. iKubu, which has offices in Stellenbosch, first came to prominence early last year when it attempted to crowdfund a product called Backtracker, a radar device intended to alert cyclists to the speed and distance of vehicles behind them and warn them should a vehicle get too close. iKubu ...[Read More]

CES 2015: Four new Garmin fitness wearables explode from the blocks

For all the talk of fashion houses adding their sparkle and sequins to wearable tech, it’s comforting to know that the old master of GPS watches is still innovating on the functionality front. Garmin has made four announcements at CES 2015, including two new products that meld familiar features in interesting new ways. Most exciting for hikers and adventure racers is the highly talented Epix (due ...[Read More]

Garmin’s Forerunner 920XT has landed, wants to keep you moving this December

Yes, we know the end of the year is coming up and if you’re anything like us you’re going to be looking forward to putting your feet up, sleeping and generally putting on a few kilograms with some good food eaten in the presence of good friends. And a few drinks. But that’s not going to happen in Garmin’s Forerunner 920XT, which has launched here in SA, has its way. Aimed a...[Read More]

Garmin vivofit with Heart-Rate Monitor – Heart on your sleeve indeed

Oh fitness gear, why do you torment us so? Why can’t we just wallow in our torpor without having something telling us just how lazy we’re being, like bosses and exercise bands are wont to do? But we made the sacrifice and got away from our notebook, game console, computer and couch for long enough to give Garmin’s vivofit a nice, lengthy test. Now, if you’ll excuse us, it&#...[Read More]

Heads-up, Garmin has something new heading your way

Garmin’s HUD has hit South Africa with a bit of a thud. We were aware that the HUD, which is a GPS projection system that displays your route on your windscreen, would be heading in South Africa’s direction after hearing about it earlier this year, we just weren’t sure when it would arrive. Well, now it has. How the HUD, or Heads-Up Display to give it its full name, works is that...[Read More]

Garmin’s Fēnix 2 touches down on South African shores

We’re seeing so many wearables these days that a special fitness category is almost a given at this point. The newest item to launch at a local level is Garmin’s Fēnix 2, which follows the Forerunner from a while back. Appropriate naming there. The Fēnix 2 is being billed as an adventure GPS watch and we’re pretty sure that doesn’t mean that you’re going to be having ...[Read More]

Garmin launches Forerunner 620, 220 in SA

Garmin South Africa is launching two new Forerunner fitness watches in the country, calling the Forerunner 620 and Forerunner 220 “…two of the lightest, thinnest, most advanced GPS running watches and the next best thing to having a personal running coach.” The Forerunner 620 will, when paired with the company’s heart-rate monitor, be able to give data on a runner’s f...[Read More]

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