Garmin announced its nuvi 3590LMT personal navigation device this week at CES, and shortly after the device made an appearance on the FCC. The nuvi 3590LMT won approval for its Bluetooth capabilities, which allow the device to connect to an Android phone via Garmin’s Smartphone Link app. When connected to a phone, the nuvi 3590LMT can download traffic information, weather data and gas prices, which can then be displayed on the nuvi’s screen.
The nuvi 3590LMT features a 5-inch 800×480 display, 4 hour battery, microSD card slot in a small 5.4” x 3.4” x 0.5” package. Teardown photos, below, show a TI processor and Samsung SDRAM, along with a GPS module from Cirocomm.
The device is expected to be released in Q1 2012 for $400.
Garmin has been a vocal champion of the ANT+ protocol, and today the company’s plans for an ANT+ adapter for Apple’s iPhone were revealed in FCC filings. According to FCC documents, Garmin’s ANT+ iPhone adapter will work with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 (no word on the iPhone 4S), and will attach to the bottom of the device, illustrated below. We’re assuming that Garmin will also soon release an app for iOS devices which will allow the Garmin ANT+ adapter to receive data from various ANT+ sensors.
ANT+ sensors are often used in fitness equipment to wirelessly track data such as heartbeat, speed and temperature. Garmin’s subsidiary, Dynastream Innovations, organized the ANT+ Alliance, and today the alliance has over 300 members, including Adidas, Microsoft, Sony Ericsson and TI.
Over time, we’d expect that Garmin’s ANT+ adapter will make the iPhone a more capable workout companion, while opening the doors for a number of other wireless applications.
Garmin unveiled its latest GPS watch today, the Forerunner 910XT, and shortly later the device made its way through the FCC. The 910XT is a GPS-enabled watch that offers a host of training features. The device can monitor distance, speed, elevation, heart rate and more, and can upload this data for analysis on a PC or Mac. The 910XT also supports ANT+ accessories, so you can use the watch with other workout monitoring devices.
FCC documents for the 910XT show the watch getting torn down, below. It’s quite amazing to see what Garmin fit into such a small package.
The 910XT will cost $450, and is expected to ship in 5 to 8 weeks.
Garmin’s Forerunner 610 GPS watch made its way through the FCC today. The device uses GPS and an integrated heartbeat monitor to record every aspect of your run, including pace, distance, heart rate and calories burned. Once your workout is finished, the Forerunner 610 can upload your info to Garmin’s Connect website for further analysis and training program optimization.
Today’s FCC filing shows off the Forerunner 610’s amazingly slim design, especially impressive considering the watch features a 1-inch touch screen display, a heartbeat sensor and enough memory to track 1000 laps and 100 waypoints. The device also features a rechargeable battery that will last up to eight hours in training mode. Take a look at the internal photo of the Forerunner 610 below to see Garmin’s impressive craftsmanship with the 2.5 ounce watch.
The Forerunner 610 retails for $350, and is expected to ship in Q2 of 2011. Today’s FCC filing suggests that the device will be released right on schedule.
Garmin’s nuvi 2575 GPS unit, pictured above, made an appearance on the FCC today. In addition to standard GPS features, the nuvi 2575 features a analog TV antenna, which allows users to watch TV while on the road…although preferably not while driving. The nuvi 2575 also supports TMC FM traffic data, providing users with traffic updates in real time.
Garmin’s optional Driving Recorder is available with the nuvi 2575, as well. This small camera, pictured below, attaches to the nuvi 2575 and records live video while you drive. Video can be recorded in high (1280×720) and medium (640×480) quality settings, and can be played back on the nuvi 2575 or exported.
No word on pricing or a release date, but the nuvi 2575 made an appearance on the FCC today, a good sign that the device will be released soon.