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.