Garmin has announced its first ever touchscreen GPS sports watch called the Forerunner 610. Garmin has outed a number of wrist-mounted trainers over the years, but the new Forerunner 610 is its first touchscreen model. It’s also a bit more attractive than previous members of the Forerunner line.
The 610 is a wearable GPS device that features a sensitive, water resistant touch screen that lets users navigate menus with simple taps and slides of the finger. The touch screen can also be operated with gloves despite being button-less on its face while sporting three edge buttons.
The wrist-bound device tracks pace, distance and time as well as heart rate. A vibration function and audio tones act as highlighters of heart rate, pace and distance intervals for tracking performance without having to look down at the watch.
A history of performance including calories burnt, average pace and previous times are all located in a simple dedicated menu.
Added features top the deal, like a feature that measure the impact of the user’s run on aerobic fitness. There’s also the ability to race against other runners and previous times with the Virtual Racer function that lets users compete against data downloaded from Garmin Connect.
Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS sports watch should be available Q2 2011 and suggested retail price of $349.99.