In early 2015, Garmin unlocked the power of Garmin devices by creating Connect IQ, which put the tools into the hands of third party developers to bring their apps and content into the Garmin device experience. One of the key capabilities unlocked with Connect IQ is the power to leverage ANT+® and ANT Generic connectivity. Through this communication capability, the growing ecosystem of ANT devices can now be integrated into the Garmin experience via data fields or into their own custom experience through widgets and device apps.
For more information about Connect IQ please visit the Connect IQ developer site where you can find the SDK, programmer's guide and all the tools you will need to make apps for Garmin devices.
There are many innovative ways that this technology can be leveraged, as highlighted by muscle oxygen sensors like Moxy and BSX Insights. Another great example is what Specialized has created with their Turbo Levo e-Mountain bike Connect IQ data field which gives the cyclist visibility and control over their mountain e-bike.
To help illustrate what a third party company can accomplish with ANT through Connect IQ we would like to highlight the Stryd power meter.
The Stryd power meter measures your body's power output in watts, so you can train at the right intensity, pace yourself for optimal race-day performance, and run more efficiently.
Many Stryd owners use Garmin watches. To provide the best experience for them, Stryd has made its power meter fully compatible with Connect IQ enabled Garmin watches via the Stryd app. It guides runners through power-based training, competition, and running form drills. The openness of Connect IQ enables Stryd to show metrics at the cutting edge of sports technology, and to provide guidance on using them in training.
Garmin Connect IQ offers a great platform for developers looking to provide athletes with insights supported by data. Using it allowed Stryd to make a wrist-mounted power-based run training system available on its customers' wrists. The FIT 2.0 SDK made it possible to record new metrics to the watch for later review by athletes.
The customer was at the center of the Connect IQ app development process. Stryd worked with many athlete testers during development and continuously refined the app features and user experience based on their feedback.
Here are some details on what the app supports:
- Power zone based training: Integrate your training plan with your personal power zones so every run is in the right zone. You'll hit your target whatever the terrain, from long, slow recovery runs to repetition runs at your physical limit: no overtraining, no undertraining.
- Race-day pacing: Pace yourself to win your next race with the Stryd Connect IQ app. The app gives you auto-lap segments for 1 mile and 1 kilometer. You can segment your race to stay on target every step of the way. You'll understand when you need to increase your efforts and meet your goal or scale back to avoid a burnout.
- Form metrics: Get the right data at the right time with power and form metrics. See your target form metrics to run more efficiently. The Stryd app records and displays all of your run data. Then, all the data is sent to the Stryd PowerCenter for analysis. PowerCenter makes it easy to see what happened, what made it happen, e.g., fatigue or a steep incline might increase the demands of training, and how it compares with prior runs, days or months.
Garmin’s Connect IQ program provides both development and marketing support for us to help deliver quality products and reach more end-users. Our customers are loyal and find a lot of value in our metrics. Through Garmin’s commitment to their developer program, our customers can invest in Connect IQ products with confidence that we’ll provide ongoing support both now and in the future.
About Connect IQ:
Connect IQ launched early in 2015 with the goal of making Garmin devices open to the developer ecosystem and subsequently to consumers for personalizing their devices. Since the launch of Connect IQ last year Garmin has launched many more Connect IQ enabled wearables in addition to the first compatible bike computer and handheld GPS unit. The new SDK just launched last month as well, check it out here! For more information on Connect IQ please see this overview page.
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