Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

An interesting toy


Take a look at Garmin's latest toy, the Forerunner 2001.

The Forerunner is a big watch/small GPS that is being marketed as a training tool. I can't imagine it'd make you a better runner or orienteer. But, toys can be fun to play with. And having fun can make you a better runner or orienteer.

One of the features is a "virtual training partner." Apparently you program the watch with goals (pace and distance, I guess) and then it tracks your progress. The watch displays a little stick figure and how close you are to your virtual training partner. Weird. But, maybe kinda cool in a strange sort of way.

posted by Michael | 1:14 PM


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