Bia GPS watch now on Kickstarter

Bia is a GPS enabled sports watch made by women for women. They’re on Kickstarter now looking for some funding. So far they have about 25% of their requested $400K.

The Bia GPS sports watch is multisport device with ANT+ connection option which claims that it is like no other. Here are the features:

  • Safety alert for peace of mind on solo workouts
  • Quick-connect GPS; no more time wasted “finding satellites”
  • Data to your online training log; no more time wasted “sync’ing”
  • iPod-like ease of use; just one button and a touchscreen
  • Water resistance to 100M; full GPS tracking when you swim

Bia is ergonomically designed for the left wrist but it flip so you can also wear it on your right wrist.

If you think this product will be a hit you should go to Kickstarter and back them up.

Garmin Swim (no GPS here)

Garmin just recently announced Garmin Swim, a sports watch targeting swimmers that can also be used as an everyday watch. Garmin Swim will be ready to use as soon as you enter the length of the pool you’re in and then it will keep track of stroke type, stroke count, distance, pace, lengths and more. You’re probably expecting this Garmin Swim to be GPS enabled but you’re wrong. There’s no GPS receiver in this time piece and the battery will last you about a year.

Some of the features of Garmin swim include the ability to figure out the stroke you are using, log drills or start timed sets without constantly monitoring the pool clock. If you’re seriously training for something Garmin Swim will even display your weekly accumulated distance to keep you motivated.

Garmin Swim is already available for $150.

new GPS watch from Nike and Tomtom

Nike just unveiled their new site and at the same time -with TomTom- announced a new models for the Nike+ SportWatch series.

The new thing Nike came up with is Nikefuel which is pretty much your mileage turned into a universal units that also apply to other sports. This way you can have a swimmer compete with a runner somehow.

They have new colors out for the Nike+ Sportwatch which now include black/anthracite, anthracite/blue glow and volt green. The starting price for the entry level one is $150. This does not come with a shoe sensor but it supports it if you decide to buy it after the fact. If you want to get both the shoe sensor and the watch then you’re going to have to pay $169.

FINIS open water swimming GPS tracker

You’re looking at the new FINIS open water swimming GPS tracking system called the Hydro Tracker GPS. It attaches to your goggle straps, and faces upwards towards the sky and does not interfere with your swimming. It is designed for open water swimming but you can use it on land thanks to the include armband. It also supports online mapping as well as performance data.

Some provided stats include splits, speed, total time, elevations, distance, and more. FINIS open water swimming GPS tracker comes with Li-Ion battery which can last anywhere between 8 and 16 hours depending on how often you want a position update. Some other features include the ability to export data to CSV format or Google’s KML format. Obviously it is waterproof, and works on both PC and Mac. See it here.

Magellan Switch and Switch Up GPS watch

Magellan is entering the fitness world with two brand new GPS watches. Let’s keep this short:

Magellan Switch:

  • fitness training device w/ 9 customizable sport profiles
  • high resolution display
  • 8 hours of battery life
  • high sensitivity GPS receiver
  • 50 meter water resistance
  • works with ANT+™ sensors

Magellan Switch Up has all of the above plus:

  • barometric altimeter for elevation data
  • thermometer
  • vibration alerts
  • quick release mount to easily transition between sports

Other features, etc

  • Battery Pack Extender w/ 16 hours of extra life (24 total)
  • available Spring 2012
  • Magellan Switch: $250 ($300 with Heart Rate Monitor)
  • Magellan Switch Up with a Multisport Mounting Kit $300, +$50 with HRM

Polar RCX5 Heart Rate Monitor watch with GPS

Polar RCX5 is one of the latest from the company. It’s not too out of the ordinary when it comes to sports watches with its monochrome display but it can report on the status of your heart while talking to a GPS that attaches to your arm so you know exactly how serious your workout is and where.

RCX5 can also talk to various other stride and cadence sensors, mostly for runners and cyclists.

The nice thing with these design is each different sensor have their own battery so they’re not hogging the juice out of your watch. Just make sure to charge the piece you’re going to use. It’s already on sale at Amazon for $450.

Garmin Fit App nad ANT+ Adapter

Garmin just announced Garmin Fit for iPhone and Android. It’s an app we’ve been waiting from the company. This first release keeps track of speed, pace, distance, time, calories and can potentially display if you have the right add-ons. Of course it works with Garmin Connect to upload your workouts. Another news from the company is the ANT+ adapter for iPhone allowing users to use their Garmin ANT+ accessories with their iPhone.

With Garmin Fit you’ll at least have a way to track your workout even if you forget to charge your Forerunner and forget to take it with you. You can control the music from within the app and manage calls and text messages without interrupting Garmin Fit - which will cost $1.

Garmin ANT+ adapter for iPhone is already available for $50 and this tool lets you monitor and record heart rate and cadence directly on your phone. You’ll need the footpod sensor for example which works great if you’re working indoors.

Garmin Forerunner 910XT

Garmin today announced Forerunner 910XT – a GPS-enabled watch that can give you swim metrics and tracks distance, speed/pace, elevation and heart rate for running and cycling. It has a slim profile to not interfere with you wetsuits (you realize this is designed for triathletes?) and comes with on-board barometric altimeter for precise elevation data. As for as swim metrics 910XT can provide swim distance, stroke count, stroke rate and stroke identification. It also calculates your swolf score:

30 seconds plus 15 strokes equals a swolf score of 45. Swolf is a measurement of swimming efficiency and, like golf, lower is better.

Software on Forerunner 910XT is also aware that you are training for a triathlon. It categorizes each sports activity and can log the transition time in the process. Oh and did you say ultra marathon? 910XT has a up to 20 hours of battery life.

kayak thief caught with GPS tracking device

More than a dozen kayaks were stolen over the last few weeks from a small business owner at Hopkinton State Park. The owner decided to setup a trap and bought GPS tracking devices and hid them inside the kayaks. In the end GPS devices led to the arrest of a 33 year old man with two kayaks still on top of his vehicle.

The owner setup the device so that he would get email alerts when the GPS tracking device was moved. He sure got an email Monday night and reported the theft to the police. Police staked out where the vehicle was parked, waited for him to get into his vehicle and arrested him minutes later.

The thief, Alexander, had about 15 more kayaks in his possession and had a sign up offering them for sale…

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Garmin Edge 200 for cyclists

Last week Garmin introduced a budget friendly version of Edge 500 bike GPS computer. Edge 500 is currently listed at $250 but the new model, Garmin Edge 200 will be listed at $150.

Edge 200 is completely GPS based so it requires no calibration, and it is good whatever weather you can throw at it. Edge 200 can store 130 hours of cycling data, lasts up to 14 hours, and offers a USB interface for easy data transfer.

Garmin Edge 200 weighs about 2 ounces, uses HotFix satellite prediction, and allows you to set alarms for distance, time, and even calories. Wait until the third quarter of this year to get your hands on the Edge 200.

Here is a demo video: