Consumer Electronics Show 2004

Athletic GPS units

Garmin Forerunner 201
Garmin Forerunner 201

At the Garmin booth, they had GPS units in every imaginable shape and size. This is the smallest GPS that I saw:

It has been configured primarily for athletes, to provide pace information and a "virtual trainer" that helps you meet your fitness goals. But it also contains all the normal functions that you expect from a GPS receiver.

Over at the Timex booth, they were doing something similar with the Bodylink system:

Timex Bodylink system Timex Bodylink system
Timex Bodylink system

Timex describes the Bodylink system as "a network of up to 4 devices worn on the body that act together as a single information and sport monitoring system." There is a GPS unit, a heart sensor, a data recorder and, of course, a watch. The data recorder records information from the heart sensor and the GPS, and you can dump the data to your computer to analyze it when you get home.

For more information, visit the Garmin and Timex Web sites.