updated 07:00 am EDT, Tue October 25, 2011
Fit app works in conjunction with ANT+ adapter
Garmin has introduced a new ANT+ adapter for iPhones, along with a companion app for iOS- and Android-based devices. The fitness app, known as Garmin Fit on both platforms, enables users to track a variety of workout details including speed, pace, distance travelled, time, and estimates for calories burned.
When used in conjunction with Garmin's existing ANT+ fitness accessories, the new adapter enables the iPhone or iPod touch to track additional data such as heart rate and cadence. The adapter connects to the 30-pin dock connector, letting the device receive signals from heart-rate monitors or footpod sensors.
The Garmin Fit app provides an interface for viewing the exercise metrics as well as controlling music playback or answering calls. Each workout can be saved and named, before being automatically uploaded to Garmin's web-based Connect portal for long-term comparisons or sharing with other users.
The ANT+ add-on retails for $50, while the Fit app is available as a free download from the App Store or Android Market.