Here at Kyan we like to keep up to date, so new technologies regularly come under the spotlight. This week’s focus: HTML5. Jumping straight into an unknown is rarely a good idea for a client project, but with no such qualms about internal projects I elected to rework our intranet.
The Garmin Forerunner 405 is a GPS running watch that actually looks like a normal watch.
But it’s not the looks that make this a runner’s best friend.
The GPS technology means it will track your run and tell you where to turn to stay on course.
Set a ‘virtual training partner’ to run against and it will tell you how far behind or infront you are.
Monitor your pace, your average pace and how many calories you’re burning.
When you’re back home it will wirelessly transmit your run data onto your pc (mac not supported yet unfortunately) allowing you to analyse to your heart’s content.
This is where Garmin have outdone themselves.
The watch can send and receive information just by by plugging in a small usb stick into your computer.
Most important though is that it’s all in a standard format and this allows for integration into various services and mashups gallore.
Create courses on websites like mapmyrun.com.
This means you can share your couses with friends and then run against the times they’ve set.
GPS is a very fashionable technology right now and Garmin are taking full advantage of it.