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[Ars] Garmin dives into wrist-bound heart rate monitoring with Vivosmart HR

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Along with the Vivosmart HR, Garmin announced its smart scale, dubbed the Index Smart Scale. It measures your weight in addition to body mass index, body fat percentage, water percentage, muscle mass, and bone mass. As with most of Garmin's smart devices, the Wi-Fi enabled Index Smart Scale will integrate with the Garmin Connect app so you can track all of those measurements over time. It can support up to 16 different users at a time as well, which is more than enough for a family (and even some smaller sports teams) to use all together.

While that's all well and good, the Index Smart Scale has the price of a typical smart scale: it will cost $149 when it's released in November. Even though that price is on par with Fitbit's Aria, Withings' Smart Body Analyzer, and Qardio's Base, it's still a steep price for most people to pay for a device you just step on every day. The Garmin Vivosmart HR will be available for $149 on November 1 and will come in black, purple, and blue.

Garmin dives into wrist-bound heart rate monitoring with Vivosmart HR


Just wanted to post this so I could say I don't get why these things are so damn expensive, especially with every company and their dog producing these things these days. I'd pay $20 for a gizmo like this, but not $150. :/

I mean, most of the so-called features are just calculator functions that take about 2 seconds to program. The only thing really useful it does it measure steps, which any basic pedometer can do. Maybe the integration with tracking software is what drives those costs up. tongue.gif

Also as posted in the Ars comments, "Last one into the market is the rotten egg!"
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Is there really that many scales out there that does all that?
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