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Forerunner 305 Foot Pod: GPS for exercise

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Thu August 10, 2006

Forerunner 305 Foot Pod

For awhile, Garmin has given runners a way of tracking their exercise progress through GPS. The Forerunner 305 works by tracking your distance and speed using GPS to measure the effectiveness of your exercise. However, even Garmin knows that GPS isn't uniformly reliable: urban obstacles and unusual geography can block the GPS signal occasionally. The solution comes in the form of the Foot Pod (a clear reference to its main rival), a newly announced wireless transmitter that mounts to any shoe and sends info such as distance and speed to the Forerunner as you run. It runs on a AAA battery and can last for 70 hours on a full charge. It won't be for everyone when it ships in October for $100; the focus is primarily on accuracy over motivating the runner.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Berbie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Excercise Diary on a Mac

    If you are looking for something to plan and journalize your workouts on a Mac, take a look at TrailRunner:

    TrailRunner is a route planning application for people who enjoy running, biking, hiking or skiing, works with the ForeRunner and Edge.

    With TrailRunner you can plan workout routes on a geographical map, export the route directions onto any GPS Device like the Garmin ForeRunner and Garmin Edge and import the collected exercise data back into the workout diary. Other features are an exercise plan, .Mac weblog publishing, a GPS, GPX and KML Import/Export and an integrated map and elevation data download from global mapping services like USGS topo maps.

    You can find more information about TrailRunner on my website:

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