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Garmin launches 24/7 health watch
- September 26, 2022
- William Payne
Garmin has launched a new wristwatch for consumer health and fitness monitoring. The Venu Sq 2 is designed to provide all-day health monitoring and access to health and fitness metrics. The watch has up to 11 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, allowing for monitoring 24/7 and for more complete capture of sleep quality, stress, body battery and activity levels.
The new watch provides wrist-based heart rate monitoring, tracking heart rate 24/7. The watch can provide abnormal heart rate alerts (high/low) when the body is at rest.
It also provides stress tracking, while a built-in breathwork activity encourages mindful breathing by tracking respiration, average heart rate and change in stress levels.
The watch’s sleep monitoring and sleep score combines information from multiple sensors to provide an improved assessment of sleep. In the morning, the watch provides a personalised score for last night’s sleep and the different sleep stages as well as heart rate, stress, pulse oximetry and respiration data. The watch also provides what Garmin describes as “Body Battery”, or physical energy monitoring, allowing users to view their current energy levels to find the best times for activity and rest.
The watch also features women’s health tracking. Coupled with the Garmin Connect smartphone app, the watch can track a menstrual cycle or pregnancy, log symptoms, get exercise and nutrition education. A Women’s Health Tracking app is also featured on the watch itself which provides a range of health details and allows direct logging.
A health snapshot is provided by the watch, with key metrics such as heart rate, heart rate variability, pulse oximetry, respiration and stress that can be logged directly. A report with those stats can be viewed directly on the watch itself or in the Garmin Connect app.
The watch also provide fitness features with 25+ preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps – including walking, running, cycling, and tennis.
Using the Garmin Connect app, users can choose from additional pre-made workouts or create their own using more than 1,600 exercises.
In a health emergency, the watch can send the user’s live location to chosen emergency contacts – or automatically sending a message if an incident is detected.