Garmin has long been a leader in the world of GPS navigation devices, and hence it is no surprise to see that they have expanded their business portfolio a long time ago to include more than just traditional GPS navigation devices, but also other hardware such as the fitness or sports watches ala Garmin Forerunner 610. Well, such timepieces are not only meant to take robust activity in its stride, but also to keep track of various health aspects, and since Garmin cannot do it all, this is where their partnership with Mio comes in. Mio would be the ones providing heart rate technology to Garmin’s maiden GPS running watch.
In other words, Garmin will leverage Mio global’s award-winning optical heart rate technology by including it in the new Garmin Forerunner 225. The Garmin Forerunner 225, when equipped with Mio’s heart rate technology, will then enable athletes to be able to accurately keep track of their continuous heart rate.
In fact, the Garmin Forerunner 225 happens to be be the first GPS running watch from Garmin that has the capability of measuring heart rate at the wrist. This would allow the Forerunner 225 to offer heart rate data in real time as it displays the results on a colorful graphic interface. How does the Mio heart rate technology work? For starters, there is an integrated optical sensor that shines light into the user’s skin, and from there, it is capable of measuring the amount of light returned. This sensor has been specially designed to detect slight changes as blood pumps through the wrist, and using an advanced filtering process, it will then be able to churn out a reliable and accurate heart rate.
Definitely a performer, you can rest well using the Garmin Forerunner 225 since the same technology from Mio has been tried and tested in other heart rate sport watches and wristbands, such as the Mio ALPHA, Mio FUSE and Mio LINK.