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tmann45 posted 01-23-2013 11:33 AM ET (US)   Profile for tmann45   Send Email to tmann45  
New Garmin quatix watch does everything:
http://sites.garmin.com/quatix/
jimh posted 01-23-2013 12:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The technology of the Garmin watch that most impresses me is its low power consumption. That you can carry around that much electronic processing in a watch must imply extraordinarily low power consumption.
Jefecinco posted 01-23-2013 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
Also impressive is the rechargeable battery.

Butch

David Pendleton posted 01-23-2013 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Impressive, but two key features missing:

Solar
Automatic Time sync via USNO (or other service).

Jefecinco posted 01-24-2013 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
David,

I believe we'll be learning a lot more about this "watch" as time passes. From Panbo and the Garmin web site I believe the watch has it's own GPS receiver and should certainly be able to get GPS time. Is that the same or equivalent to Automatic Time?

I love interesting gadgets but I'm having a difficult time finding a great deal of "value added" to my boating time derived from the watch.

Let me see, a nice GPS watch to go with my 740S or a new pair of Sears AGM batteries? I'm thinking the batteries.

Butch

jimh posted 01-24-2013 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Another modern watch is the PEBBLE. See

http://getpebble.com/

The PEBBLE seems to be attractive in its ability to use various iOS applications, and it also offers developers an application development environment. At $150, it is about one-third the price of the Garmin QUATIX.

tmann45 posted 01-24-2013 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for tmann45  Send Email to tmann45     
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I love interesting gadgets but I'm having a difficult time finding a great deal of "value added" to my boating time derived from the watch.

My brother-in-law mentioned how useful the "self adjusting altimeter" would be for offshore fishing.

Get the batteries Butch, I love mine.

Robert V posted 01-31-2013 08:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Robert V  Send Email to Robert V     
I received the Garmin Forerunner 110 from my wife as a Christmas present. It is a runner's watch but has similar features to the Quatix. The time is automatically set when you sync to the satellites, as well as the date.

There are two batteries, one typical to any quartz watch and another rechargeable battery for the GPS. The rechargeable battery is amazing, just a little clip that attaches to the watch (contacts are on the back) and plugs into an outlet.

The watch tracks my pace, while constantly updating, tracks distance and total time of run. It evens has a history function that will keep this information along with a date/time stamp. Oh, also has a heart rate function but I don't use that feature because it's a bit cumbersome while running. It is a cool, small and useful piece of technology that you can wear on your wrist. In case you couldn't tell, I really like the watch.

Robert

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