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Garmin unveils a smart scale, activity tracker with heart rate sensor

Garmin unveils a smart scale, activity tracker with heart rate sensor

Garmin announced its very first smart scale and a new vívosmart fitness band model, equipped with heart rate reader.

First, let's talk about the Index Smart Scale, which is touted as a connected scale "with metrics that matter" which will help users pursue their health and fitness goals. It measures weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, water percentage, muscle mass and bone mass; while supporting up to 16 users.

The Wi-Fi-enabled Index Smart Scale will start selling next month in black and white.Garmin's scale automatically uploads measurements over Wi-Fi to the Garmin Connect service, and makes this data available through Garmin mobile apps. When it comes to the looks, it has a sleek and modern design with a bright LCD display and extra large numbers for easy visibility.

Index Smart Scale will start selling next month in black and white, with a suggested retail price of $149.99.

As for that fitness band, it's called vívosmart HR, featuring what Garmin calls Elevate wrist heart rate technology, that will add an extra number to your steps, distance, calories and more. There's also the standard motion-detecting accelerometer under the hood, along with a barometric altimeter to give users "credit for the extra effort."

The vívosmart HR is water-proof, lightweight and comfortable for all-day wear.The device has a small, always-on touchscreen to deliver notifications on incoming calls, appointments, messages and social media updates. It can be used for music playback control, as well.

The vívosmart HR is lightweight and comfortable for all-day wear; with up to five days battery life and a 5 ATM (50 meter) water rating, users rarely have to remove it.

Garmin's latest wearable will be available in three colors — black, imperial purple and midnight blue — for $149.99. It's now up for pre-order, with Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com getting it on November 1st. Additional online and store availability will begin in January 2016.

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